Days of Mourning

She wasn’t sure how she had become days of mourning.

It began with a pall, a thick viscous scrim

that changed what she saw, sawed herself into

halves and quarters and post-dissection she noticed

days had turned into weeks into months into years

into moths (what was this closet? where had she gone?)

and altogether a knotted bundle

that could not be spent, or misspent,

there was no economy to the quivering mass

of darkening days past, days she had become.

Knowing that escape was both impossible and inevitable,

she returned to the staggered fiction

of nights with no memory,

nights in which days of mourning

factored in little to none

to all.

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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