The Best of Mad Swirl : 06.05.21

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“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.”

Bill Moyers

••• The Mad Gallery •••

Pour One OutTyler Malone

To witness more of Tyler’s poignant photos, as well as our other former featured artists (over 50 in total), take a virtual stroll thru Mad Swirl’s Mad Gallery!

••• The Poetry Forum •••

This past week on Mad Swirl’s Poetry Forum… we made heavenly noise for some really big boys; we saw caramel eyes in ink blue skies; we checked in on the bother between a son and father; we riled a referendum on a political agendum; we condemned the carriage of a failed marriage; we balked to cross the land of loss; we revealed a ringer for the one not a singer. Sometimes we rhyme, sometimes we don’t; we’ll wrestle our words, but give up, we won’t. ~ MH Clay

dilemma by Jean Bohuslav

he wandered lonely by day
danced in skins by night
restrained himself with silk handcuffs
pleading not guilty in the docks

you were the last to see her they said
we were one that night
i would not kill myself
seeming lucid he stood tall

with scratched face
eyes running the room
hands twitching
he smiled inappropriately
the jury sat wide-eyed
his wife teary

he started to sing
she sobbed
my derrick would never sing
he hasn’t been himself since
returning from war
his twin brother had the voice
same regiment but didn’t make it back
he was the strange one

June 5, 2021

editors note: Whodunnit turns into whoisit. – mh clay

Anticipatory Grief by Agnes Vojta

You have learned
there is a word
for this

mourning someone
who is not yet

liminal space
between hope
and letting go

at the threshold
of loss

no-man’s land
you must cross
on your own

to reach
the other side

June 4, 2021

editors note: To see it coming stings no less. (We welcome Agnes to our crazy congress of Contributing Poets with this submission. Read more of her madness on her new page – check it out.) – mh clay


What a stench!
We now wear
Like a hungry beach
In this palace of fear.

When you hear of a people
Peace –
What proverb hits the nail on your heart?
Isn’t it
“If the cub can’t sleep
Will the Tigress close her eyes?”
We have sewn ourselves a song
And our enemies are now singing our shame!

June 3, 2021

editors note: We’re not even dating. What a shame. – mh clay

A Political Split by Bhargab Chatterjee

A dirty pavement
of the North
shouted –
‘Smash the bloody Moon.’
The distant streets
with curious faces
came flying
from elsewhere.
Then a few of them
defected from the crowd
and gathered
in the sunless zone
of the city.
They talked about
a different political agendum.

June 2, 2021

editors note: Split after split, always that “bloody Moon.” – mh clay

Just another Tuesday (really) by Mike Zone

Why are my dad and I
both allegedly stoned?
arguing over the song
“Combat Rock”
Was it The Clash?
or that one band
You know?
That wasn’t The Clash?
No, I don’t know
Punk or reggae?
It’s just another Tuesday
as The Enterprise soars the space-ways
what exactly prompted this living sitcom scene?
we pop open a couple beers
ignoring the giant dead elephant
in the room

June 1, 2021

editors note: Father-son (non)bonding over a rousing good game of “name that band.” – mh clay

Night by Kimberly Madura

On that night
Against the backdrop
of a star-lit dazzling
ink blue sky

Gazing into the
consuming effulgence
of your evocative caramel eyes

On that night
is how I remember love.

May 31, 2021

editors note: If you don’t have one, hope you get one soon. – mh clay

The Future Kingdom of Giants by Hongri Yuan

Though I might regret for myself when I turn to dust
As I bid goodbye to this world,
I know there exists in the scrapbook of heaven
A gorgeous image of mine that often smiles to me in dreams;
That my olden words are engraved on primeval stones,
Yes! The apocalypse from the gods of heaven and earth!
I shall then be a future giant, to have carved
The platinum city of giants in the future Kingdom of giants.

(Translated by Manu Mangattu)

May 30, 2021

editors note: How to be big in heaven. – mh clay

••• Short Stories •••

If you gotta scratch your Need-a-Read itch, The Man with a Cane” by James Lawless just might do the trick!

Here’s what our Shot Story Editor Tyler Malone has to say about this pick’o the week:

“The only gag life really offers is one in our mouths, and we’re better off for it.”

Here’s a teaser to get you goin’:

(photo “Glad Dancing” by Tyler Malone)

I’ve been shopping at divergent Italian fruit stores in the Milan suburbs: one has sweet Calabrese navel oranges for a euro a kilo, another has Colombian bananas for the same price. We rarely pay any more than a euro a kilo for all fruit and vegetables. Sicilian red oranges are currently 79 cents a kilo, but I sometimes find them for 50 cents.

This week the weather is forecast sunny with highs of 18 C. It’s good news for sportsmen and women like my wife Angela and myself. Heaven knows the good news is needed. The government threatens a national lockdown while the states oppose. The future is anyone’s guess. Exiting northern Italy is our priority, even if we must buy wetsuits and swim across the Po River at night. Rather than staying in home quarantine watching action films on the TV, I’ll make my life into an action film. I discuss this prospect with Angela…

Pick right up where we left off right here!

••• Mad Swirl Open Mic •••

If you tuned in to Mad Swirl Open Mic this past 1st Wednesday of June (aka 06.02.21), you know that Mad Swirl once again virtually whirled up the Swirl and got the Mad mic opened for all you Mad ones out there!

Here’s a shout out to all who Zoom’d on in & graced us with your words, your songs, your divine madness…

Johnny O
MH Clay

Musical Overture:
Krude (Chris Curiel & Clark Walker)

Round One:
Anthony Ripp
Jenean McBrearty
Roderick Richardson
Devorah Titunik
Carlos Salas
Opalina Salas
Mike Zone

Musical Intermission:

Round Two:
Marianne Szlyk
Harry Mcnabb
William Watson
Atenea Afrodita
Ethan Goffman
Heather Handy
John Dorroh
Michael Anthony Ingram

Thanks to ALL the appreciators who rode the Mad wave from our FB Live feed! We know you had a choice of what to do with your Wednesday night (like getting vaccinated) & you picked to virtually hang out with us!

Now more than ever, we need community, we need creative outlets.

Be safe & ’til next 1st Wednesday… may the madness swirl your way!

Johnny O

P.S. In case you missed the LIVE feed, your eye can spy on these virtual Swirl’n scenes right here…


The whole Mad Swirl of everything to come keeps on keepin’ on… now… now… NOW! Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every week, every month, every year, every decade, every every EVERY there is! Wanna join in the mad conversations going on in Mad Swirl’s World? Then stop by whenever the mood strikes! We’ll be here…


Johnny O
Chief Editor

MH Clay
Poetry Editor

Tyler Malone
Short Story Editor

Madelyn Olson
Visual Editor

Mike Fiorito
Associate Editor

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