Breathing Ground for Phoenixes

There are baby phoenixes
burning inside my lungs.
They want to grow
into their deaths
and fiery unabated splendor,
want to consume the ash-cake
coronating their birth-days,
which matches abolition to symmetry.
I am being asked, no forced
to open my mouth
and breathe their remedial fire
out, as if it’s my own,
to give due ventilation
to the ribbed arterial flames
that seek the spatial cradle of air
in measureless rebirthing.
It seems complicated
and esoteric, but really it isn’t.
The way of living mythology
follows its own inviolable course,
a track attuned not to the world’s fractures
but to reality’s filial bond with itself.
There are ancient-new phoenixes
burning inside my lungs,
and with every breath I take
I grow intimately closer to identity loss
through medicinal arson.


(Image by Izumi Yokoyama)

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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3 Responses to Breathing Ground for Phoenixes

  1. johncoyote says:

    Amazing artwork and words. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

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