Sanctuary

“It is on the plane of the daydream and not on that of facts that childhood remains alive and poetically useful within us. Through this permanent childhood, we maintain the poetry of the past. To inhabit oneirically the house we were born in means more than to inhabit in memory; it means living in this house that is gone, the way we used to dream in it. What special depth there is in a child’s daydream! And how happy the child who really possesses his moments of solitude!” — Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

In praise of solitude,

and daydreams,

as the marvels,

awe and terrors

of childhood,

lived beyond the borders

of time,

hold us captive

and spellbound

to the shadows

stalking across the floor

in the house

where the light

in the window

looks out at us

looking in

to secure

favored intimacy

from the company

of dreams.

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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