Moonstruck

I never learned

the secret delicious recipe

of making a poem

from moon, or the bluest

glacial moon-cheese

from any of my teachers.

It wasn’t their fault.

They might have regarded

the moon as something distant,

something belonging to astronauts,

astrological envy, and lunatics,

or they might have forgotten

what it feels like to feel the moon

pulsing intimately like a wild epileptic ember

in their hearts, who knows?

But I sure am glad

that the moon, reigning freely

outside the constraints and jurisdiction

of politics, religion and academia,

directly requests of me, in no uncertain terms—

Make good and inspired use of me,

and cook something up,

a verse or two, a haiku, nursery rhyme, whatever,

just burn me into being, and listen closely

to how the stars applaud by winking.

In other words (sometimes the moon rambled on),

everything is an echo of praise and music,

so play me, man, like I’m your homeboy or dancing queen,

play me oh so intimately, without hesitation or reserve,

and our nights together will give your dreams a whole new twist

on living beyond mortal claims

and limits.

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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