Black Petals Issue #72 Summer, 2015

Poetry by Dr. Mel Waldman

Mars-News, Views and Commentary
Brutal-Fiction by A. M. Stickel, Editor
Chaos in Corollary-Fiction by A. M. Stickel, Editor
In Dreams, There Is No Time-Fiction by George Gad Economou
Nuncapisco-Fiction by A. M. Stickel, Editor
Ocean Life-Fiction by Lael Braday
Onward Traveler-Fiction by Kathleen Wolak
The Beach House-Fiction by Roy Dorman
The Weeping Man-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Poetry & Prose by Alexis Child
Poetry by John Frazee
Poetry by Denny Marshall
Poetry by Jeffrey Park
Poetry by Dr. Mel Waldman

Inside the Slaughterhouse



no end


in Slaughterhouse Nowhere

no end

in the shattered sphere

of Butchery

inside the abattoir

of my battered brain

my slaughterhouse

no end


the butcher


his mammoth knife

cuts my brain

in half


slices it again

for good measure


once more

with finesse



for symmetry
& absolute perfection


around & around

I sail

across the circle

of inner space


into ephemerality

inside my soul case



in the crimson room

I am

the butcher

& his meat







into the flow

of me


through the blood & guts

of me

in search

of real me


the shell

of me



I am

the butcher


my harrowing void

inside the slaughterhouse




He claws into your brain,


through flesh & bone


enters the House of Oblivion,






your psyche,


forgotten dreams,


buried treasures,


devours your dirty juicy secrets, D.


in the oval room,

a whirling womb 


opens up into phantasmagoria,


descend into the abyss, a terrible darkness.

Dr. V Scorpio

listens, clutches, & eats your shattered soul,


joins you on this subterranean journey

into the vast sea of forgetfulness


the 9 Circles of Hell

Yet, who shall return from

this ferocious Inferno? Who?


Strange Highways


Strange highways

in the storm,


to the damned


the displaced,


in the vortex

of the diaspora,

strange highways

for castaways...

Savage byways

open up

like the maw of the beast,


swallow all outcasts

who cross

invisible boundaries

on eerie roads

streaked with

overflowing taboos

in the ferocious blizzard

of furious snow


wild winds...

Savage byways

for the doomed and discarded,


in this sin-saturated storm,

along sinuous Boulevards of Oblivion,

the vanishing

of vagabonds & other ephemeral exiles

happens, as it always does,

again & again,

without that soul-gutting sound,

the bestial blast

of gunfire,

without the murder

of the flesh…

The forbidden creatures

of strange highways,

untouchable, taboo, slipped

into nowhere,

through a slender wormhole,

when our eyes were closed so long ago,

& now,

within the storm of invisibility,

they disappear & die again,


for us to see them,

before the final eviction notice

from life,

before final death.


Dr. Mel Waldman,, of Brooklyn, NY, wrote BP #72’s 3-poem set, “Inside the Slaughterhouse,” “Scorpio,” & “Strange Highways.” He is a psychologist, poet, and writer whose stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including HARDBOILED DETECTIVE, HARDBOILED, DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE, ESPIONAGE, THE SAINT, DOWN IN THE DIRT, CC&D, PULP METAL MAGAZINE, INNER SINS, YELLOW MAMA, and AUDIENCE. His poems have been widely published in magazines and books, including LIQUID IMAGINATION, A NEW ULSTER, THE BROOKLYN LITERARY REVIEW, THE BROOKLYN VOICE, BRICKPLIGHT, THE BITCHIN’ KITSCH, CLOCKWISE CAT, CRAB FAT MAGAZINE, SKIVE MAGAZINE, ODDBALL MAGAZINE,  ON THE RUSK, POETRY PACIFIC, POETICA, RED FEZ, SQUAWK BACK, SWEET ANNIE & SWEET PEA REVIEW, THE JEWISH LITERARY JOURNAL, THE JEWISH PRESS, THE JERUSALEM POST, HOTMETAL PRESS, MAD SWIRL, HAGGARD & HALLOO, ASCENT ASPIRATIONS, and NAMASTE FIJI: THE INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY. A past winner of the literary GRADIVA AWARD in Psychoanalysis, he was nominated for a PUSHCART PRIZE in literature and is the author of 11 books. Four of his mystery, fantasy, and horror stories were published by POSTSCRIPTS, a British magazine and international anthology, in November 2014. He recently completed an experimental mystery novel inspired by one of Freud’s case studies and is looking for an agent. He has been inspired for decades by his patients and their heroic stories of trauma and survival.

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