The Bones and the Blue

“I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and future—the timelessness of the rocks and the hills—all the people who have existed there.  I prefer winter and fall when you feel the bone structure in the landscape—the loneliness of it—the dead feeling of winter, something waits beneath it—the whole story doesn’t show.  I think everything like that—which is contemplative, silent, shows a person alone—people always feel is sad.  Is it because we’ve lost the art of being alone?”—Andrew Wyeth

The slow bones

of the earth creaked

as Old Man Winter,


with most barren blues,

arrived, lumbering,

to tell stories

rooted in forever

and then some,

to the people

who enjoyed

the company of tales

to warm

their dreaming solitude.

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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