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 –

Tempered, reserved,

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.


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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