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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2019

ODE

 

TO

 

OLD BROOKLYN

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

 

On empty nights I return to the deep snow

of winter & the sizzling heat of summer &

the grand dream

of yesterday

so faraway

& still I know

Old Brooklyn &

my forbidden dream

 

I do not belong

& so I long to sing an antediluvian song

 

 

 

On machine-fueled nights that devour

me,

severed self, displaced visionary

in the harrowing hour

of techno-toy possession

& cultural obsession

I travel to a timeless place of love & sin

rushing slowly through Old Brooklyn

in my bestial brain/broken spirit

 

 

 

Now, I sit

on my chimerical-memory chair

& gaze inward into the deep nothingness where

I clutch the lost past the lost rhapsody

& soon I see

what no longer belongs to me

 

 

 

& still I drink soothing visions of picture-postcard homes on the Old Brooklyn block we shared

because we cared

& we possessed a one-ness

without other-ness  

 

 

 

& that’s why I watch the boy play ball

& Mother cook for all

on the children’s block no longer there

where I wish to be, not here

 

 

 

Instinctively, we understood Martin Buber’s I and Thou

but how?

 

 

 

Just kids, we played stickball & punchball

“all for one & one for all”

on the corner & the rim of our wondrous universe blessing/holding us in a beautiful bond

& sometimes the ball sailed into the world beyond

lost forever in chimerical time

gone with an old-fashioned rhyme

& suddenly my Old Brooklyn rhapsody

dissolves into cacophony

 

 

 

& Father, a thin mustached tiny man, chases me through Old Brooklyn

never catches me

with crimson fury

clutching a black leather strap in his mighty hand

clutching sin

clutching rage

but out of breath

can’t follow me through space & time

as I return to the empty night & the cage

of loss & a death

vaster than Death

 

 

 

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.

Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2019