Inspiration’s Track


is not a matter of chance,

or waiting, or a magic spell

that demands bated breath and fretted suspension—

it is the fact that you pick up a pen,

your fingers growing warm and intimate with its weight and feel,

the slow almost dumb beautiful realization that you,

or someone like you is holding a pen, an instrument aloft

and hovering above a blank page, and some kind of strange ceremony,

half-marriage, half-divorce, is about to take place,

in which you, or someone like you, as a form of expression,

is both the effect and the cause.

The pen, through good times and hard,

accounts for dreaming,

and inspiration runs through your fingers

like an unschooled course on being.

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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