Sea Change

2018-07-05 11.12.31
There is only so long
a mermaid can linger on land
before some collector
with a fetishistic bent,
and sheer volumes of emptiness
matching his compensatory cravings,
renders her a mute and immobile
object of worship,
not only for his ego and eyes,
but also for the curious passersby
who are lacking for true wonder
in their own lives.
This mermaid’s moment of final longing,
before cryogeny set in,
was a gilded cry
and petition
to the blue blue sky,
which she mistook for her mother,
the sea.

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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