Poem – Electro-Magnetic Love (By David Russell)

Electro-Magnetic Love


She said – you are my current, my three-pointed plug

Yet I am the wound flex; the wiring behind the walls is mine –

When I say ‘Halt!’ go no further; the wiring is dislocated from you


The very suggestion of a movement of current, a sense of desirability

Is itself physical.


You place shields of copper around yourself, hoping to oblige me

To build up the voltage to a point

Which my wiring-system and wall-covering cannot contain.


The build-up goes on; there are multiple redirections for the circuit –

All the world converges here – but if we try to merge,

We may plunge beneath everything we rely on.


You love me not, you love my pole – turn round;

Yes; one can see everything clearly earmarked in speech –

Polarised vowels and consonants – back to their predecessors

Or else pulled through eyeholes to their successors.


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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