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Art by KJ Hannah Greenberg © 2021

BILL’S

 

OTHERWORLDLY

 

OUTDOOR CAFE

 

ACROSS

 

FROM

 

CAFÉ BIZARRO

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

 

Across

the way at Bill’s Café

 

the

phantom universe opens up at midnight

 

like

a lost lacerated flower blossoming/birthing

 

in

the black hole of the unfathomable night

 

a

shattered flower—adorned with mystery & illuminated/

 

lit

up by spheres of celestial light

 

lit

up/

 

&

shooting forth from nowhere

 

 

 

&

Covid visions of Café Bizarro appear—

here/

in Bill’s otherworldly outdoor Café

 

in

the everlasting hour of no-time

 

&

so/

 

 

 

I am

 

a    

survivor gazing at the mirrored universe

 

&

oval eyes galloping across the vastness see the overflowing ocean of divinity

 

&

a purple amethyst swirls on the rim of Un-Reality

 

 

 

&

I too dangle/

 

in

Covid time & space & invisibility

 

 

 

&

from Bill’s otherworldly outdoor Café

 

across

from Café Bizarro

 

I

witness the Covid shattering

 

&

watch Café Bizarro

 

dissolve/

 

&

so do the folks inside/

 

sitting

together—

 

holding

hands that shatter

 

 &

kissing lips that melt away in the mirrored universe of yesterday

 

 

 

across

the way at Bill’s Café

 

with

some folks singing & dancing/

 

devolving

& vanishing in the back room/

 

 

 

across

the way at Bill’s Café

 

across

the way at Bill’s Café

 

across

the Covid way

 

 

 

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.



KJ Hannah Greenberg captures the world in words and images. Her most recent poetry collection is Rudiments (Seashell Books, 2020), her most recent essay collection is Simple Gratitudes (Propertius Press, 2020), her most recent short story collection is Demurral: Linens, and Towel and Fears (Bards& Sages Publishing, 2020), and her most recent photography collection is 20/20, Eye on Israel (Camel Saloon, 2015).

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