Right now
so many of us
functioning as cheerleaders
in an existential maternity ward
showing love and support
for our friends
and loved ones,
for our own tenuous selves,
as we rebirth into new forms,
as we undergo necessary metamorphoses,
and it is important to remember
the nourishing part
that the dark, and silence,
plays in this delicate and complex process,
at once fragile, powerful, mysterious, practical, magical,
and vigorously on the side of life.
Do not strive, allow, and do your best
to honor and respect transformation,
in yourself and others,
as the seed-spitting
miracle gangster
of slow alchemy.



Artwork by Mark Rothko

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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