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Dr. Mel Waldman: My Brooklyn View of a Starry Night During Lockdown

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2022

MY

 

BROOKLYN VIEW

 

OF

 

A

 

STARRY NIGHT

 

DURING

 

LOCKDOWN

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

.

 

 

On

a starry night in Brooklyn during lockdown

 

                     1st year of Covid’s Un-Reality

 

I

come home

 

after

work             in the Healing Room      a tomb of loss & love

 

 

 

&

gaze at the stars

 

through

a long rectangular window in my Serenity Room

 

facing

an antediluvian tree     my Tree of Angels     like Betty Smith’s Tree of Heaven

 

 

 

&

I see how beautiful the universe is     how magnificent & vast & forgiving

 

&

after death

 

overflowing

with love & rebirth     here on Earth     & in Heaven

 

 

 

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 2022