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Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

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Art by Elise Daher 2018

CONUNDRUM STREET.

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

(on reading Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem “The Long Street”)

 

 

 

On

Conundrum Street

 

I

follow a throng

 

of

haunted humans

 

&

a cornucopia of creatures

 

to

Coney Island

 

to

taste the cool metaphysical air

 

&

inhale the raw wisdom

 

of

the burning sand & the bestial ocean

 

&

ride on the cosmic Cyclone again

 

&

the otherworldly Wonder Wheel

 

&

whirling around a chimerical omphalos

 

I

look up at the Parachute Jump

 

our

antediluvian landmark

 

&

mourn for the old & weary & obsolete

 

&

the dead & the lost & the living dead

 

until

I saunter off

 

in

a trancelike state

 

to

Nathan’s

 

to

devour

 

sizzling

hot dogs supreme

 

&

crackling crunchy

 

French

fries majestic

 

&

soon, oblivious of who I am

 

&

where I’m going I rush slowly

across

Conundrum Street

 

the

unfathomable street

 

 

that

swirls around the world

 

&

pirouettes across the universe

 

&

mindlessly I go on my magical journey

 

&

meander through Brooklyn

 

orphan

cockroaches & odd creatures by my side

 

&

weird humans

 

with

vacant eyes still in the wilderness

 

&

wild anorexic beings

 

with

turquoise auras & telepathic powers

 

&

peripatetic phantoms too

 

join

me

 

&

mindlessly I go on my odyssey

 

through

Brighton & Manhattan Beach

 

&

Sheepshead Bay & Midwood

 

&

all the neighborhoods I know

 

 

&

all the ones still undiscovered

 

&

along the way

 

I

find myself in Lily Pond

 

at

Brooklyn College

 

until

I wander off to Brooklyn Heights

 

&

stroll along the Promenade

 

&

gaze at the Twin Towers

 

no

longer there

 

&

so it goes

 

on

Conundrum Street

 

I

time travel too

 

return

to the Garment Center

 

sit

with Father

 

hard

working dress salesman

 

in

Horn & Hardart

 

 

&

listen to the little man’s voice

 

&

the vastness of his dreams

 

&

look dreamily into his dark brown eyes

 

perched

on his Austrian horse-scarred face

 

adorned

with a Lilliputian equine bite

 

cascading

down one cheek

 

above

a thin black moustache

 

&

a glittering gold tooth

 

majestically

revealed

 

protruding

with a wide wicked smile

 

&

childlike joy

 

&

I see my Father-God

 

&

his bestial beauty

 

unalloyed

ecstasy

 

but

how odd that we-

 

 

are

oblivious of our mortality

 

&

harrowing destiny

 

&

fast-forward a few decades

 

&

recall the death of Father’s mind & memory

 

the

insidious death before death

 

slithering

in the remains of a broken brain

 

the

snake that eats the past

 

devours

synapses

 

severs

the self

 

on

Conundrum Street

 

that

swirls around the world

 

&

pirouettes across the universe

 

merges

time

 

caresses

yesterday

 

swallows

now

 

 

&

tastes tomorrow

 

a

street that never ends

 

even

when it comes to a cul-de-sac

 

&

bathes in frozen stillness

 

the

peculiar blessing of non-being

 

it

follows phantoms

 

through

the House of the Dead

 

to

the other side of Conundrum Street

 

&

beyond

 

 

 

 

 

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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Art by Elise Daher 2018

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2018