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A Beautiful Chaos-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
Phantom Voices Floating...Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
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PHANTOM VOICES


 

FLOATING


 

ABOVE


 

BROOKLYN


 

SING


 

REVELATIONS


 

OF


 

THE DEAD


 


by Dr. Mel Waldman  


 (on reading D. Nurkse’s poem-The Dead Reveal Secrets of Brooklyn)


 

Phantom voices


floating above Brooklyn


 

wafting


to earth


 

&


resting secretly on the old roof


 

of


James Madison High


 

invisibly


swirling & whirling beyond time,


 

&


perched on Pandora’s Box in a preternatural meditation,


 

phantom voices


sing revelations of the dead.


 

&


Mr. B


 

sails


across Brooklyn on his 1955 Vincent Black Prince,


 

majestic motorcycle


flying high from Coney Island to Midwood northbound on Ocean Parkway


 

&


turning east on Kings Highway & south on Bedford Avenue


 

sweeping


through the unreality of sweet phantasmagoria within my whirling dreamscape


 

my private divinity


&


 

Mr. B


returns to James Madison High


                                       &


                                      I-to Yesterday-wearing the ethereal shroud of euphoria/dysphoria


 

circa 1958


rushing to his English class &The Poetry & Philosophy Club


 

&


I kiss Destiny, the strange seductive flower growing in the Garden of the Past,


 

I


return to You & caress my ferocious flower within my Dream-Mind


 

&


what shall I find when You awaken within my dream?


 

With


Your rebirth, what shall I find?


 

&


ghostly voices, light & mellifluous  as the susurrations of zephyrs & opalescent angels,


 

whisper,


              The dead never die.


 

&


an invisible orchestra plays Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue


 

&


phantom voices sing


 

&


phantom voices sing


 &


phantom voices sing revelations of the dead


 

&


death is the boy falling into the deep snow of mourning


 in


the very hot summer of despair as sweat falls from his (my) brow


&


 


He . . . floats with phantom voices


 

&


I taste the eerie emptiness of mother’s lost lacerated voice


 

                         She lies beside her otherworldly oxygen tank, rises suddenly, & shrieks,


                                      “I thought I was dying,”


 

                                       &


                                       dies,


 

                                       blasting off


                                       into the unfathomable black hole of everlasting stillness.


 

as


I plummet through the trapdoor of my electrocuted brain


 

&


I die too.


 

&


Dr. Z,


 

my high school Hebrew teacher,


frees me, asks the dream-boy at James Madison High to read again from Isaiah 2:3-4.


 

Why?


Why do I pass through this supernatural door?


 

Now, the boy sings poetic words, sings revelations of the dead,


 

“. . . and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”


 

Then suddenly, Dr. Z & dream-boy vanish,


&


 

within


the harrowing hour, in a mournful, mutilated room of black flowers,


 

one unfathomable day,


I hear,


 

Young X, honor student, member of the rifle club, has taken his life!


I hear,


as C, the robotic school official, tells us—the senior class—this soul-cutting truth,


 

&


rushes off while we meditate on death.


 

&


phantom voices sing,


 

. . . the evanescence of death is everlasting . . .


&


. . . everlasting is the obscene evanescence . . .


 

&


K,


 

the young Kafka of James Madison High,


asks,


 

Why?


 

&


I die while phantom voices floating above Brooklyn sing revelations of the dead


 &


within the swirling dream-flower of my life


  


I


die too forever,


 

again & again


I


die


  


Dr. Mel Waldman is a psychologist, poet, and writer whose stories have appeared in numerous magazines including HARDBOILED DETECTIVE, ESPIONAGE, THE SAINT, PULP METAL MAGAZINE, and AUDIENCE. His poems have been widely published in magazines and books including A NEW ULSTER, CLOCKWISE CAT, CRAB FAT LITERARY MAGAZINE, ESKIMO PIE, INDIANA VOICE JOURNAL, LIQUID IMAGINATION, THE BROOKLYN LITERARY REVIEW, BRICKPLIGHT, SKIVE MAGAZINE, ODDBALL MAGAZINE, PABLO LENNIS, 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, YELLOW MAMA, THE BITCHIN’ KITSCH, SOUL-LIT, TWO DROPS OF INK, 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.




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