Rain

how you choose to experience life is up to you… 

Oh to be caught in the rain, not on the way to the car or getting the paper, but inescapably caught. That moment when you stop wondering if you can stay dry and you give in to the inevitability of being drenched. It’s a freeing moment, a release, a joyful celebration of life. Your hair is plastered with sweet drops dripping onto your face, your shirt a second skin and the lovely squish of your sneakers. A smile unavoidable and then a simple laugh from somewhere in my childhood. The sweet scent of a replenished earth rides on the breeze.

The rain pulls at me, stinging needles reminding me of the inescapable misery of this existence, my soul lost in this wilderness of hopelessness. The cold drops penetrate me, extinguishing any hope of warmth and relief. Soaked through I no longer attempt to escape the assault of the driving sheets. In the distance thunder roars drowning out the anguished cries of my heart. As the darkness gathers in the distance I am unable to move any further; I find myself on my knees in the gathering waters surrendering to the creator humbled.

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Born in Manhattan in 1965 Joseph Castagno is the son of a second generation Italian American father. His mother’s family were mixed heritage people: Indigenous Haudenosaunee, French, some of the earliest Dutch settlers of the Hudson Valley. Growing up with such a multicultural heritage provided him with a view of both the immigrant experience, a perspective on the founding principles and ideals of the United States as well as the original teachings and ways of Northeastern Indigenous people. Having lived all over the United States Joseph has a broad perspective on US society and the variety of social values and customs that make up this great country. He currently resides in Florida with his wife Tammy, having raised four children they are now enjoying their grandchildren. Joseph has always had a passion for reading and writing and has published a number of articles in local papers and magazines. After a long career in healthcare he published his first novel “Jake” in 2016 drawing on his experiences and observations living in the Southeast and Florida. His current novel “Traffic” has just been published and he is currently working on his next novel and spoiling his granddaughters!

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