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Thursday, October 19, 2006


by Mel Waldman

If Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” was more than a short story…
If it was part of our new Constitution, could we live with
random sacrifice?
Could we live with infectious, hypnotic evil?
How do we balance this contagious madness
with the love of our country?
How do we balance the Scale?

Paranoia rushes through our veins and arteries.
Terror flows recklessly
within and without.
And the Scale tips.

Dr. Mel Waldman is a poet, writer, artist, and singer/songwriter. His stories have appeared in numerous literary reviews and commercial magazines including Happy, Sweet Annie Press, Children, Churches and Daddies, Down in the Dirt, New Thought Journal, The Brooklyn Literary Review, Hardboiled Detective, Detective Story Magazine, Espionage, and The Saint. He is a past winner of the literary Gradiva Award in Psychoanalysis and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, American Mensa, Ltd., and the American Psychological Association. Who Killed the Heartbreak Kid?, a mystery novel, was published by iUniverse in February 2006. It can be purchased at,, at, and other online bookstores or through local bookstores. Recently, some of his poems have appeared online in The Jerusalem Post.