In Wonder

As long as

there are little girls

with heart-shaped glasses

who are out there,

among the blackbirds and dandelions,

generously unwinding string

like floating rivers of silk,

as they put their butterfly-beating hearts

into the flying of a kite

on a windy spring day,

and as long as there are


standing nearby in the grass,

cheering them on,

speaking bright musical ribbons

of encouragement

which mainlines directly

into the butterfly-hearts

causing them to warm and flutter,

and the little girls

become equal parts sorceress and pilot

in commandeering sun-kissed flights

for the ages…

As long as there is this,

the world will continue

to exist as a marvelous fable,

restating its theme of simple joy

to a bated

and revolving audience.

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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