The Rainbow Connection 2020

It truly is
staring us right in the face,
under our noses—
We are the makers
of the new myths
and shifts in being,
We, the shapers of legacy,
and dawn’s graced breaking.
It is not someone
or somewhere else,
it is you,
it is me,
it is us,
right here, right now.
One gilded step at a time,
and let me assure you—
Light, is a supremely kickass guide,
when it comes to territories unknown or uncharted,
parts and aspects unclaimed,
when it comes to sparking much-needed bravery
during scary and tumultuous times.
It is okay to be scared, it is okay,
same as it is important to remember
the wise words of F.D.R., “Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the assessment that something else is more
important than fear.”
In other words,
when walking through a storm,
holding hands with another,
a sister, a brother, a lover, a friend,
the world itself, as extended family and bridge,
seals a bond of strength
in glowing togetherness.
And so we walk.
Hand in hand,
through a storm,
bearers of light
and torch songs
for this marvelous world, turning,
with us, upon it,
the lovers, the dreamers,
and groundbreaking sowers of seeds
in new plots of earth.

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 johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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