by Dr. Mel Waldman
Greenwich Village, I meander mindlessly around the charming landscape that
enchants & encircles me, an exotic conundrum & magical place/dazzling
maze propelling me westward until I return to the Riviera Café.
Kismet?” I mutter.
Avenue South, nestled between 7th Avenue & West 4th
& West 10th Streets, I look through the café’s fantastic window.
My friend Charlie sits in a corner.
reveal an eerie dream.
Charlie grins wickedly; his celestial smile gallops into my invisible universe.
“The turquoise sky dissolves; years/decades evaporate; sail/swirl into . . .”
Charlie gazes quizzically at me; his thin moustache quivers. He whispers a
chimerical vision, “An olive-colored man, blonde woman, & dirty blond baby
rest on the beach, 3 souls entwined.” He
shrieks, “Where are they?”
Kismet?” I mutter.
is a gorgeous galloping expanse of love/loss. “Is this Kismet on Fire Island or
a pristine beach on Cape Cod?” A vast unbearable silence sweeps through us,
lacerates our celestial oneness, points to the secret story, perhaps, a ferocious
fate. “One beach whispers love
entwined. The other is the deafening voice of death.”
returns forever in a bestial swirl of brainwaves. A dust devil shoots up from
oblivion & the dead caress our shattered souls in inner space.
We sit in the
Riviera Café. Charlie dissolves/vanishes & then one by one the café &
the woman & child & the beach/beaches & Greenwich Village
evaporate. But where am I?
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.