are like speakeasies

for the soul.

A secret password

so you can enter,

unchecked moral boundaries

allowing you to trespass

and indulge freely

in the vagrant and illicit,

after hours


of bootleg vinyl

that places scorched scarabs

in the cavities of your ears,

years lived through

in minutes

as time becomes

the plaything of an organ grinder’s

fickle monkey,

and of course, groping,

lots and lots of groping in the dark—


there is much to be said

for dreams as speakeasies

in which the soul comes to know itself,

outside of daylight’s mangled directives

and mass of hanged judgments.

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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