The Longing Hour

We stayed up until dawn. We talked a lot, covering a wide range of topics, from werewolves to failed relationships to family dysfunction. We watched the Home Shopping Network, Callie pretending to buy things, then we watched several episodes of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. Callie confessed to having a huge crush on Bob Ross. She said he was the television incarnation of the Buddha. Also, she likened him to Winnie the Pooh. Buddha the Pooh, she called him. Bob Ross’s calming presence and soothing voice had seen Callie through many nights of insomnia.
We listened to Leonard Cohen’s Songs of Love and Hate. Callie clutched my hand tightly for the duration of the album, her nails occasionally digging into my palms.
Do you remember that night in the car, Callie spoke in a soft voice, flashing an easy, mischievous smile. That night I drove you to the airport.
I remember, I said.
Were you surprised?
I was, I said.
Leonard Cohen crooned on, somewhere between the gallows and the gates of heaven.
Callie told me we should go to her bedroom.

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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