Black Petals Issue #72 Summer, 2015

Poetry by Dr. Mel Waldman

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Poetry by Dr. Mel Waldman

Inside the Slaughterhouse

 

Butchery

no end

here

in Slaughterhouse Nowhere

no end

in the shattered sphere

of Butchery

inside the abattoir

of my battered brain

my slaughterhouse

no end

&

the butcher

brandishes

his mammoth knife

cuts my brain

in half

&

slices it again

for good measure

&

once more

with finesse

&

again

for symmetry
& absolute perfection

&

around & around

I sail

across the circle

of inner space

plummeting

into ephemerality

inside my soul case

&

here

in the crimson room

I am

the butcher

& his meat

carnivore

&
cannibal 

flesh-eater

&

mind-eater,

deep

into the flow

of me

&

through the blood & guts

of me

in search

of real me

not

the shell

of me

&

here

I am

the butcher

carving

my harrowing void

inside the slaughterhouse

 


Scorpio

 

He claws into your brain,

cuts

through flesh & bone

&

enters the House of Oblivion,

&

probes,

penetrates,

&

permeates

your psyche,

uncovers

forgotten dreams,

discovers

buried treasures,

&

devours your dirty juicy secrets, D.


Ensconced

in the oval room,

a whirling womb 

that

opens up into phantasmagoria,

you

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,

open

to the damned

&

the displaced,

lost

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,

waiting

for us to see them,

before the final eviction notice

from life,

before final death.

 

Dr. Mel Waldman, mwaldman@earthlink.net, 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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