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Art by Henry Stanton 2020

I

 

LAY

 

WITH

 

TIGERS

 

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

(on reading Jorge Luis Borges’s poem-The Gold of the Tigers)

 

 

 

I

lay with tigers

 

in

the vastness of inner space

 

in

the rush of the ruins of an unknown countryside

 

the

Un-Reality

 

of

the sweep & swirl of sweet phantasmagoria

 

&

the frightful flow

 

of

a fantastic revelation

 

in

apocalypse nowhere

 

here

within the phantom mansion

 

of

a lucid dream rushing slowly through infinity

 

 

 

I

lay beside the beautiful beasts

 

brushing

against their majesty

 

&

lost within the postern of my lacerated mind

 

behind

their terrible torsos & striped skin

 

I

listened to their bestial breaths

 

 

 

I

lay behind gold & white & black tigers,

 

never

gazing at their ferocious faces/omnipotent eyes

 

that

could rip my soul apart

 

nor

did I taste the fury & foul scent of heavy tiger breaths 

 

hovering

above the eerie earth

 

but

still I brushed against their ferocious skin

 

&

smelled the exotic aroma of tiger fur

 

a

pungent otherworldly odor

 

in

inner space

 

&

suddenly, the black & white tigers

 

vanished

without a trace

 

&

only the gold beauties stayed with me

 

 

 

&

soon a celestial veil covered me

 

&

droplets of serenity oozed from my mind

 

&

my wounded flesh no longer reeked of terror

 

&

the foul odor evaporated in the nothingness of nowhere

 

evanescing

into the sea of divinity

 

&

hallucinatory waves carried me to my private Heaven

 

 

 

&

so I lay with gold tigers

 

nestled

in their harrowing realm

 

&

suddenly, the glittering aura of bestial presence lost its eerie glow

 

&

without fear/terror

 

I

blessed the dream that possessed me

 

&

the beasts within the wilds of my brain

 

&

within the celestial ocean of sweet phantasmagoria

 

I

watched gold tigers kiss my vanishing soul

 

a

ghost of a ghost of glorious light

 

&

the phantom flow of opalescence

 

&

my beautiful beasts merged with the mystical light

 

in

the blackness of my dream

 

 

 

&

we were one

 

basking

in the chimerical sun

 

on

this magical night

 

of

metamorphosis

 

the

night of my transcendence

 

when

I lay with tigers

 

&

tasted visions of Heaven

 

 

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.

Henry Stanton's fiction, poetry and paintings appear in 2River, The A3 Review, Avatar, The Baltimore City Paper, The Baltimore Sun Magazine, High Shelf Press, Kestrel, North of Oxford, Outlaw Poetry, PCC Inscape, Pindeldyboz, Rusty Truck, Salt & Syntax, SmokeLong Quarterly, The William and Mary Review, Word Riot, The Write Launch, and Yellow Mama, among other publications. 

His poetry was selected for the A3 Review Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Eyewear 9th Fortnight Prize for Poetry.  His fiction received an Honorable Mention acceptance for the Salt & Syntax Fiction Contest and was selected as a finalist for the Pen 2 Paper Annual Writing Contest.

A selection of Henry Stanton's paintings are currently on show at Atwater's Catonsville and can be viewed at the following website www.brightportfal.com.  A selection of Henry Stanton’s published fiction and poetry can be located for reading in the library at www.brightportfal.com.

Henry Stanton is the Founding & Managing Editor of The Raw Art Reviewwww.therawartreview.com.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020