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Art by Sheilah McGuckin © 2018

HOUSE

 

OF

 

UN-REALITY

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

(on reading Tomas Tranströmer’s poem “The Blue House”)

 

 

 

On

trauma-filled days

 

I

return to the vanishing house of my youth

 

the

House of Un-Reality

 

in

Old Brooklyn

 

on

East 7th Street

 

around

the corner from Ocean Parkway

 

a

phantom flowing vastness

 

galloping

to the lost time of Coney & beyond

 

Avenue Yesterday

&

 

Highway

to nowhere

for

even the Coney Island of the boy

 

exists

now only in a spiraling dream

 

a

distant vision

 

a

phantasmagoria

 

from

far away

 

rushing

&

 

cascading

down Chimerical Falls

 

into

an ocean of electrical synaptic chaos

 

&

still I return to Old Brooklyn

 

hunched

over in Trauma Time

 

across

the street from the house I once lived in

 

&

I gaze wistfully at my House of Un-Reality

 

lost

in blossoming waves of longing & melancholy

 

swept

away in a swirl of iridescence

 

dancing

butterfly wings

 

 

&

shimmering peacock feathers

 

&

glittering sea shells

 

pirouetting

across a mythical seascape—

 

a

flood of nostalgia & fluid memories

 

&

magically with the X-ray vision of Superman

 

my

gold eyes puncture the past

 

see

through the brick façade

 

&

look inward

 

where

the phantom boy

 

gallops

around a child’s little universe

 

wearing

a Hopalong Cassidy crown-shaped black cowboy hat

 

the

Champie

 

&

a Hoppy double-holster with gold revolvers & black grips

 

for

Hoppy’s a child’s hero

 

in

the now of yesterday’s dream

 

 

a

beautiful blossoming

 

flowing

symbol of good in all black

 

pristine

& sinless man of morality

 

fights

evil with gallantry

 

captures

villains & foe

 

Hoppy’s

a child’s hero

 

mounted

on Topper

 

his

white horse

 

in

a dream

 

in

the House of Un-Reality

 

&

the boy’s oblivious

 

of

real gunfire

 

happy

in play

 

galloping

around yesterday

 

&

soon

 

 

when

the boy inhales the fire of Father’s fury

 

 

he’ll

become Hoppy again

 

&

be free

 

Hoppy, Hoppy, Hoppy, Hopalong Cassidy

 

 

 

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.



Sheilah McGuckin is a Brooklyn girl who enjoys writing and photography in her spare time.

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