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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2020

ODE

 

TO

 

OGUNQUIT

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

Is this the dreamer’s year;  

here

in this unfathomable nowhere

 

within the swirl of a soft diaphanous Un-Reality?

Now, I return to the “beautiful place by the sea”

 

my intoxicating Ogunquit

& sit

 

in Bessie’s in a nostalgia booth

where I say goodbye to the phantom youth

again & celebrate my truth

 

by a hanging lamp of subdued light

dazzling insight

 

flowing freely in my Mind’s Eye

like a child’s kite sailing in the turquoise sky

 

& in the phantasmagoria of a sensuous dream

I rediscover Perkins Cove

 

A haven/harbor

of love

 

& a metaphysical door

to transcendence/serenity

 

supreme

enchanting metamorphosis in “the beautiful place by the sea”

within the wilds of a wondrous dream

 

& at Jackie’s Too

I taste the mystical blue

 

of the sea

while a curious seagull perched on the rocks stares at me

 

& waits mindlessly,

perhaps, for the unknowable moment

the scent

 

of peace & love

by the opalescent sea

 

& on the Marginal Way

the celestial cliff-walk I travel on

 

I inhale

the wind & the sea & the prophetic day

an overflowing panorama of visions that reveal

 

the oneness/blessing

of cosmic breath

 

like gorgeous galloping zephyrs floating by

brushing my olive face & gone

 

vanishing

in a holy death

 

& sudden goodbye

 

for all must die

 

even the non-living

& still in my Mind’s Eye

 

I always see “the beautiful place by the sea”

everlasting 

 

in the sweet phantasmagoria of my vanishing

dream/my life—a delirious memory

 

rushing slowly out to sea

the faraway phantom sea

 

 

 

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 2020