Beginner’s Heart

I have spent
so many years
and outlining
and mapping out fractures,
a pirate osteopath
with a cartographer’s bent,
and now, galvanizing
a mutiny meant to take me
out into uncharted waters,
I see how beautiful
and necessary it is
to sire oneself,
to become king to your own sovereign majesty,
queen to your own indigenous wilds,
child to your own supple wonderscape,
how the Soul,
captaining its own plight
and gambit,
forces you to confront
the countless break-ups,
and unrequited love affairs
you’ve had with your self,
multitudes untethered
and adrift in gloam,
but now, your Soul says,
is an opportunity for nuptials
of ancient-newness, a crystallization
that will show you how the future
was never anything more
than a latent ember
awaiting the divinest spark.

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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