The Gift

We are here, but briefly,
shadows of candle-light
dancing between dust and choir,
day and night,
so consider today
a good day
to begin, or to continue
unwrapping yourself,
and giving you to you as a gift,
your soul rightfully tagged
as both receiver and sender,
in what constitutes
a wild embracing and radical fusion
of the old and the new, in that place
where wonder meets faith,
and the fragile birds of gospel
sing sweetly and achingly
of hearts broken open
to pour light,
to inherit the tenderest
of lost and lasting claims.

Film still from The Kid

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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