Visitation Rites

Above all else,
(she told me,
her smile a glowing sickle)
dignity and grace,
for each and every soul
on this planet,
no one above,
no one below,
and everything
I mean everything
you truly need to know
you’ve already learned
a thousand times over
in the lighted prehistory
of your starstuff origins,
I’m talking slowbaked pat-a-cake
in the throes
of eternal kindergarten,
so remember, kid,
when get things complicated,
muddy, kinked, or strained,
remember that
dignity and grace,
above all else,
are Love’s sacrosanct
twin flames,
and their union
the divine proof
and memory
of who we are
beyond mortal register
and forgotten claims.

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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