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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2021

THE SEASON

 

OF

 

THE APOCALYPSE

 

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

In

the season of the Apocalypse

 

I

am

 

one

human in the harrowing vastness mourning/remembering blessings lost & the cost of life

 

 

 

Often,

I sat with the others in the little park of un-reality tasting desolation through unfathomable time & into the summer of despair

 

 

 

Now

in the eerie fall moribund humans watch mutilated leaves earthbound & dying & I am here in this frightful place where folks abruptly vanished

 

I

exist in this Lilliputian space nestled in the invisible dome of death that covers all, a shattered butterfly awakening & reborn in the fall of the Apocalypse

 

Who

shall survive? Shall I?

 

I

beseech the Without End in the deep of nowhere. In the season of the Apocalypse, clinging to this time this place, I taste doubt & search for divinity

 

I

believe because I must

 

 

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 2021