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, 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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