Poem – Computer Virus (By David Russell)

Computer Virus

Gulleted  in spark glint veins

Flabbering circuits in floppies

Print-out piled high, choking, crimped;


Programme busy; not applied;

Insufficient memory.


Germs swallowed ink;

Myopic suction


Greek symbol coffee grounds

The winking green a vaccine


The quantum got under the mouse


Insufficient disk space.

We crash the orbit.


A spiky cursor jams backlogs


Danger: Programme Overloaded.


Blacked flash; inked screen transferred;

Teeth in the bytes


And have you seen a paper jam

A heated crumple coming strong?


Graphic rings blotching


All could explode –


The old typewriter’s gone to rust.


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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