Friday, 5 May 2017

1 Poem by Mel Waldman

BLUES APOCALYPSE
(on reading Lenore Kandel’s poem Blues for Sister Sally)

the flow of the blues
rushing slowly

oozing
into oblivion

in
the black of the night

the flow of the blues
drifting

into
the deep of nowhere

silence
& the sinful flow

mourning
into

midnight
& the moonlight blues

& jazzy notes
floating

on
the crimson river of the soul

& junkie blues
junkie rhapsody

flowing far away
& falling
into
ephemerality

for
the flesh is weak & on fire

& full lips
succulent & sucking soul

crave
& caress oblivion blues

& the mutilated mind’s
a cut-up

montage/collage
& a freaked-out fugitive

slinking & skulking
into

the shadows

spewing
electricity & the electrocution flow of the suicide blues

the dead sea of lacerated flesh spitting blood the furious
death-flow

the blues apocalypse wafting through oblivion & rushing
slowly through the veins

& flowing into a damning salvation down the River Hades
the blues apocalypse descending into the deep of nowhere

& longing for the lethal love of a phantom lady-

Lady Lamentation
Lady Blues Apocalypse

vanishing forever
into the Valley of the Shadows & the everlasting silence of the swirling Abyss


Bionote

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 INDIANA VOICE JOURNAL, LIQUID IMAGINATION, THE BROOKLYN LITERARY REVIEW, BRICKPLIGHT, SKIVE MAGAZINE, ODDBALL MAGAZINE, 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, 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.

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