It Begins With A Whisper

In a world

of far too many assassins,

conducting strikes, consciously or un,

on souls

and their tenderest wilds,

we need more whisperers,

those miming the cursive gist of stars,

willing to rise up in choir

and share the stories

while imparting the secret codes

indelibly imprinted into the molten core

of our divine origins—

The whole shebang a song and dance routine

that never goes dull, never grows old—

singers, dancers, dreamers,

stirrers of the heartstock jazz soup

in a bubbling cosmic cauldron,

and mark my words,

what begins as a slow river

of whispering

will become the silver-tongued sea change

upon which new vocabularies

and seasons of being

will turn us inward,

to the angels

and reapers

who were always us

to begin with.

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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