Curse You, Red Baron!

It was Snoopy’s way

of living through Charlie Brown’s shame and ignominy,

his low self-esteem.

Dogs are sensitive that way.

Snoopy co-opted Charlie’s

gnawing desire for a heroic life,

or at least to do something right,

to feel right inside his own skin.

And from this despair exposed to daylight,

came the necessary opening line, the launch-point into missive—

It was a dark and stormy night.

It was the way of story, its natural order, and hydraulic gist.

Snoopy, in his goggles and aviator’s cap,

took off, as his doghouse soared through clouds

and into the wild blue yonder

to wage battle with his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron,

yet do not be fooled by the projected arc of this narrative—

this wasn’t really about saving Fifi, Snoopy’s designated canine damsel in distress,

nor was it about vanquishing the Red Baron in order to justify his own existence,

no, this was the essential ancient plight and burden of the storyteller,

absorbing the heartache of a friend, a loved one,

a world,

a communion of blues

demanding transmutation into story,

where company is kept, and dearly so,

through the bond of trespasses

and flights of substantial fancy.

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 Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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