Visitation Rites

There is no separation,
she said. That is such an illusion,
the longest-running con-job
this side of the moon.
Do not believe
the shit that comes
out of the pipelines
of splintered masses.
(She knocked on my forehead
three times, wanting to get through).
Just because there are
walking talking ghosts
existing in a self-generated vaccuum
of separateness,
doesn’t mean you need to throw
a white sheet over your head
and make bad porn out of haunting.
You’ve got a heart, a fool’s plaything,
wonderstruck and lovesick, tune in
to the cave-depths of its wisdom and hunger,
not to vacancies filled by dead air,
or empty spaces rented by talking heads.
You wanna know what it’s all about?
(I nodded yes,
and she proceeded
to kiss me
full on the mouth.)
There, from my lips to yours,
the virtues of a most tender exorcism.
Feel better?
(I said I did,
and then watched as she faded,
leaving me to linger warmly
in her silence,
beyond ordinary claims,
and so very full
of life.)



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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