Poem – Discourse (By David Russell)


He was the foam on the backwash of conversation,

Repelled by the safety-pier;

Seeming to crave a knife to answer

The upward wave-choppings,

He felt as if there were an invisible plastic partition

Segmenting the round, globular flatness

Of all within his view –

A tank, cramping and inflexible

To cramp that perfect essence.


Blocks and straight lines

Came recently

Primordially, only old wind and moon-chop

Potters’-wheeled old clay round to a crate;

Man needed to do no more.


The wave-chop was a gesture of resistance to

The declining curve,

As was the invisible partition


Papier-maché, salted, to model the pier

The element distilled for an abundance

Of boiling water

To pour into the great distributive tea-urn;


Punctuated pouring of water into myriad cups

For questing customers –

Each with its milk-dollop put in beforehand,

Facing tentacle lips    pens swaying on strings


Waters of cardboard that he would have to drink,

Downward flow of ink, forward flow of light

From the projector-cavern – an airy iceberg.


Borehole where the wrecked ship

Had its only portal for the entry of

Of hindsight and sanity –


Converse of the upward stretch

of the ascending droplets

from the urn-pourer’s carelessness


So making moon-petals,

Cutting through the sheets of ink

In that particular abattoir


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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