Poem – Before the Horoscope (By David Russell)
Before the Horoscope
Nine planets juggle me on cusps
And boil flood-chemistry to speed me.
Will blows from Geminian ash,
Sinks through quicksilver.
Out-sensed, earth and fire are lit;
Or fears invert that gaunt imminence
Thrust all into the gulf.
Beyond sear fuller flames –
Approved as solid, then abhorred
As dark absorption in one sun.
How near the source?
Half-orbit only –
A futile halo, cowling limp vacuum paragons.
Once I trod on a comfy crust,
Sensed Saturn hooped, Venus aloof –
Mars atrophied, Pluto’s linear rumble
Threading curved space.
David Russell was born in 1940. Resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, An Ecstatic Rendezvous (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube.
This poem is part of the complete collection; Speculum: Collected Poetry and Prose, by David Russell.
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