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Art by Cindy Rosmus 2021

THE DOOR

 

IN

 

THE OLD HOUSE

 

IN

 

BIZARRO COUNTRY

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

(on reading Margaret Atwood’s poem “The Door”)

 

 

 

Above

& beyond the old house looms in my mind’s eye & I see the flowing cliffs & the turquoise sea below & now I watch myself rush slowly up the winding path in winter’s wind & snow to the antediluvian home that opens up for me & I enter.

 

The illuminated house is human-less, a labyrinth of gorgeous glittering rooms, a desert of opalescence without life, & within this vastness of French windows & doors, secret rooms, attics, & spiral staircases, I drift through the vacant house & discover a decrepit wooden door that does not belong here. There, on the other side of this Lilliputian threshold, I shall know.

 

The creaky door opens. I enter. A swirling blackness swallows me. I find a light switch. Click. & there is light. Down the stairs & into a dusty basement I go. & now I know.

 

In

this mirrored room, I remove my mask, breathe freely, and gaze into my past. I see folks dining in restaurants sharing food, holy breaths & air; going to work, coming home; time off-time out, summer vacations & trips, concerts, movies, & Broadway shows; or a walk in the park-lovers touching, tasting succulent lips-love sacredly entwined.

 

Now,

I taste the vastness of loss. Trapped in Bizarro Country, I gaze through a mirrored universe, longing for the past & dreaming of tomorrow’s exit.

 

 

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.



Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Rock and a Hard Place. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021