Butter and Arson


in a hundred years,

none of this would matter—

the man across the street

would just be a man

and not her husband

holding hands

with that bitch

from 5-C

who had the nerve

to knock on their door

and ask if she could

borrow some butter

she was baking a cake

and was all out—

perhaps, in a hundred years,

bitches that borrow butter

and husbands

will have become

a thing of the past,

but right now,

she had a household to run,

a husband to confront,

and of course the flagrant itch

to burn it all down to the ground,

before picking up the kids.

#23 from Untitled Film Poems

Image by Cindy Sherman

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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