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, 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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