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Dr. Mel Waldman: Swirling in the Chaos That Swallows the Universe & Encircles an Old Visionary Man

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2024

SWIRLING

 

IN

 

THE CHAOS

 

THAT

 

SWALLOWS THE UNIVERSE

 

&

 

ENCIRCLES

 

AN OLD VISIONARY MAN

 

 

by Dr. Mel Waldman  

 

 

 

Swirling

in the chaos that swallows the universe & encircles an old visionary man

 

the mystic

prays silently to the Source

 

&

sitting in the bestial Shadows of Existence

 

he

sees/hears a terrible Presence

 

&

cannot fathom this engulfing power

 

a

phantasmagoria that captures     enslaves     &     possesses him

 

in

waves of whirling un-reality    

 

carrying

him away     to an unspeakable place     beyond human evil

 

 

 

where

the Cosmic Banker/Accountant

 

reviews

the oceanic black book     a never-ending flow chart     of all Cosmic Debts/Credits

 

waiting

for new admissions to arrive  

 

after

an untimely death     or an unfathomable sleep

 

that

swallows the soul          &          reveals                         the Mysterium tremendum  

 

 

 

 

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 was the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, and lived in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She was a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoyed photography. Her work also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

Sadly, Ann Marie passed away in January, 2023...

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024