The Way We Were

parasol II
Something about sap, and scent,
and leaving everything behind
to avoid death by porcelain,
and usher in the right rain
in real-time.
They had grown sick
of being someone else’s decoys
engineered to lure in god knows what
on a ritual and teasing basis.
They fled, far and wide,
without looking back, and left their pin-up
shells to model bibbed silence
as false charity
for chastity’s betokened wake.

About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, performer, and playwright, John Biscello, has lived in the high-desert grunge-wonderland of Taos, New Mexico since 2001. He is the author of four novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, Nocturne Variations, and No Man’s Brooklyn; a collection of stories, Freeze Tag, two poetry collections, Arclight and Moonglow on Mercy Street; and a fable, The Jackdaw and the Doll, illustrated by Izumi Yokoyama. He also adapted classic fables, which were paired with the vintage illustrations of artist, Paul Bransom, for the collection: Once Upon a Time, Classic Fables Reimagined. His produced, full-length plays include: LOBSTERS ON ICE, ADAGIO FOR STRAYS, THE BEST MEDICINE, ZEITGEIST, U.S.A., and WEREWOLVES DON’T WALTZ.
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