Firsting Impression

It happens fast,

this life—

the first trembling chapter

of an impending sneeze,

the half-slitted stutter

of a lid’s ambition to wink—

We are, timewise,

less than these things

in the gaugeless cosmic scheme.

And yet beyond these words,

and the person who wrote them

(already he is dead

and gone)

there is love, as a force

and not a shove,

always love

which is not bound to a clock

or the stiff cult of metaphor,

and in the blink of a sneeze,

in the bated stutter of a nostril,

you are there,

breath knowing pure longing

as itself, in a marveled continuum

for migrant souls. 

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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