Twice and Then Some

“After all, it is no more surprising to be born twice, than it is to be born once.” – Voltaire

On

the slow

winding

backroads

to heaven,

the soul–

burnished, braided in ash,

given to fits of symmetry,

plunged into plagues,

stuck with knives

in a circus fiasco,

hitching freights–

just keeps on going and going,

cycling through a gateless opera of lives,

herald to its own bask

and choir,

birth and death

but arbitrary checkpoints

in its endless assumption

of wonder.

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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