What Lonely Places

An Algonquin legend describes the wendigo as a “giant with a heart of ice. Sometimes it was thought to be entirely made of ice. Its body is skeletal and deformed, with missing lips and toes.”
The Algonquin people claimed that during the early part of the 20th century, a significant number of people went mysteriously missing. The tribes attributed these disappearances to the wendigo, calling it the “spirit of lonely places.”

There was a walking meditation I had done, with Marianne and a small group of people, in which we were blindfolded and asked to walk around the room. When we encountered another person, we were encouraged to explore their physical presence, while being mindful of inappropriate touching, and to tune into spaces in the room that might feel lonely, overlooked or neglected.
What lonely spaces are calling to you, was what the woman leading the meditation had said.
I remember being drawn to a particular corner, where I stayed, in a kneeling position, for what felt like a very long time.

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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