Poem – After the Horoscope (By David Russell)

After the Horoscope

So Mercury backtracks

Till Equinox wakes him;

So Mars huddles his cluster

In Cancer’s shadow.


The Moon’s in Virgo,

Northern node prevails


No more a saviour, I care

As vile invective touches inner shells

No more shall hollow ring


Out there

A rubbish-tip of meteors

Fast monuments and postures

Float clearing –

What craters next?


It’s partly done with mirrors:

Self-images, chimeras –

Then care, but not beyond yourself,

Not to self-idolatry.


The cared-for never rule through images

But live, themselves.


Author Bio:

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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