Running everywhere, wildly, excited
to fill his bucket with moonlight,
the young, eager disicple
turned to his mentor and said,
with a crushing sense of zealous overwhelm–
But it’s everywhere! So so much
yet none of it stays in the bucket.
What do I do?
The mentor smiled softly,
and calmly took the bucket from his disciple’s hands,
and used a saw to cut out the bucket’s bottom,
until there was a gaping hole.
He handed the bucket back to his disciple.
But now it won’t hold anything,
the disciple bemoaned.
Good, the mentor responded cheerily. You had a bucket
designed to carry stuff, to fill up. Yes?
How much moonlight did it hold?
Yes, the mentor nodded approvingly. Now hold it up and look through it.
And with that bit of advice, the mentor walked away, whistling a bright melody.
The disciple held the bucket up at an angle,
its aperture perfectly framing
the glittering ancient cinema
of stars
which rendered the disciple
the lover of ghostlight
that couldn’t be held,
only cherished.






About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of three novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, and Nocturne Variations, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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