Daniel and Anya

(Excerpt from No Man’s Brooklyn.)
   Anya melts onto her back.
   Lie down with me okay?
   I lie down.
   Our sides are touching, barely, but enough.
   You can’t see many stars tonight, Anya says.
   Too hazy.
   Anya points out an airplane, a flashing blip cruising across the night-sky—There goes a star.
   Then Anya giggles and says—Remember?
   Of course I remember, I say. Remember that I remember everything? It’s forgetting that I have trouble with.
   Oh yea I forgot, Anya giggles some more. Maybe that’s why you drink.
   When we were kids Anya would point out airplanes and say that some of them were not airplanes at all but stars that couldn’t stay put, stars that had to keep moving.
   I’m gonna miss you when you move to L.A., ya know? What am I gonna do without my Daniel?
   Before I can respond, Anya starts singing Elton John’s “Daniel,” something else she used to do when we were younger.
   Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane
   I can see the red-tail lights leaving for Spain
   Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
   Lord it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes
   Anya takes my hand and holds it. I can feel the insistence of her nails scratching into my palms. I can also feel bits of my heart rising in manic flutters toward my throat.
   I see a second plane, or migrant star, cruising across the night-sky, not too far behind the first one.
   I raise myself to its arc, and become a bodiless spectator, looking down at Anya and me lying in the grass in center field, hand in hand, our sides touching.
   Time leaves us alone for a little while.


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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