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Dr. Mel Waldman: Pandemic Noir on the Desolate Highway to Nowhere

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel © 2022

PANDEMIC NOIR

 

ON

 

THE DESOLATE HIGHWAY

 

TO

 

NOWHERE

 

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

 

Pandemic Noir

on

 

the

desolate highway to nowhere

 

 

 

&

inside Bill’s otherworldly outdoor café

 

newly

relocated

 

&

floating beneath the El train

 

 

 

where

the Q & B roar ferociously toward a black hole in Bizarro Country

 

 

 

I

watch the fantastic flow of phantasmagoria nearby

 

but

why am I far away drifting/vanishing in the postern of my mind?

 

Can’t

find my brain on the desolate highway to nowhere

 

where

I am

 

trapped

in Pandemic Noir

 

in

this ineffable hour

 

 

 

&

now I see

 

a

chimerical parade of luminaries

 

 

 

rushing

slowly

 

on

the eerie highway

 

 

 

making

casual eye contact      winking      &       smiling sardonically

 

&

vanishing          after                                 cameo appearances

 

 

 

Whom

do I see?

 

Is

it really you, Federico Fellini

 

 

&

Thornton Wilder      Kurt Vonnegut      Rod Serling  & Albert Camus?

 

 

 

Is

it truly you

 

Dante  Milton   William Blake   Dali &   Picasso?

 

 

 

Is

it so?

 

I

don’t know

 

 

 

What

I see         

 

can          it           be?

 

 

 

I

watch the fantastic flow of phantoms passing through

 

Is

it really you          Carl Jung      &      Sigmund Freud?

 

 

 

Is

it true?                                                  Is it really you? 

 

 

 

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.

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