A STRANGER
TRAVELING
THROUGH
THE
BIZARRO
UNIVERSE
IN
SEARCH
OF
HUMANITY

(On reading Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s poem “Crazy to be Alive in such a Strange World”)

by MEL WALDMAN

 

 

A
stranger traveling through the bizarre universe

In
search of humanity

I
rush through unreal days & shattered sci-fi streets;

I
rush
to
crash into flaming flashbacks & the furious flow

of
gigantic waves of sprawling blinding light & a
mammoth flood of unholy fire forcing me to SEE all I wish
to forget

&
in the beginning…in the New Genesis…that always returns against my will,

I
relive the Days of Trauma & Transformation: I re-experience the transmogrification

In
split-second visions of long ago, hidden in the harrowing now,

when
the power-elite of technology created, like Frankenstein, our monstrous
machines

that
conquered us, devoured their creators, obliterated all;

I
remember
until
my electrified mind comes to a sudden halt in the deep of the night streets,

down,
inside
my weary body—my SOUL CASE resting in a womb chair at the center of nowhere

&
I drift into sweet phantasmagoria, a machine-free dreamscape where all my beloved deceased exist in non-existential nothingness

&
I say, “Hello, Mother, hello, Father, Hello, all…you wouldn’t believe the way the world is now.”
“Hello, M, we don’t understand…”

&
the Beat Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti arrives inside my exploding electrocuted brain cells

&
shouts “Crazy to be alive in such a strange world.”

&
I sing a mind-blowing singsong melody blasting me through the cannonball of inner space

&
I listen to the crazy, cacophonous un-jazzy juxtaposition of weird words—our own
omnipotent objects of addiction we crave &love & the drug-things we’re hooked on

&
that hook us to the WORLDWIDE WEB & VIRTUAL REALITY & the Janus-faced INTERNET
&
I hear my mutated mind say “Computers & cell phones, iPads & iPhones, laptops & tablets,
smart phones & smart watches, etcetera, etcetera”

&
Mother says “I don’t understand.”
Ferlinghetti shrieks, “Crazy to be alive in such a strange world”

&
I say, “Mother, Father, & all—I love you.”

&
Mother says, in a soothing celestial whisper, like a lambent flame brushing my soul,
“I love you. We love you. Love is what we understand.”

Now,
I dance in this everlasting moment,

Before
awakening,

a
stranger traveling through the bizarre universe

in
search of humanity,

but finding love in a beautiful place beyond.

 

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