Shadowlands

bill lacey
There was only
so many chances
one could be given.
It was the law of averages,
gambler’s physics,
something.
The woman
he had left behind
was the same as the one
waiting inside.
Dresses were funny that way.
He wondered
how many rims of glasses
she had lipsticked so far,
and if his lucky rabbit’s foot,
worn to a frayed nub by the
anxious altar of his palm,
was still worth a damn
where the life of his shadow
was concerned.

About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of three novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, and Nocturne Variations, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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