Pedestrian in a Far Off Land

“Realism is a bad word. In a sense everything is realistic. I see no line between the imaginary and the real.” – Federico Fellini

It was a rainy day.

The weather prophets

called for a storm

and boy

were they ever right.

The pelting assault

of the raindrops

on your umbrella’s nylon

works like a spell

in bringing you back

to a childhood

not yours

but some other remote

and unspecified childhood

that took place

in a faraway land

where it rained a lot.

Nostalgia pierces your heart

and, in a haze,

you step off the curb

and begin plunging downward

into a yawning abyss

as you manage to turn your head

just enough

to see the cliff’s edge

off which you just stepped.

Heart in your mouth,

your umbrella blows inside out

as you plunge

and plunge

and wonder

how many times

the city curbside

will have to turn into a cliff’s edge

off which you fall

before you finally remember

to adjust your perspective

to honor your flights of fancy

and divine the fool

you were always meant to be

come rain

or come shine.

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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