Poem – Panic (By David Russell)



A search for some trivial object in the midst of disordered furniture

Seized upon just at that moment, giving birth to consternation


Repulsion from travelling delayed by this selection;

Travelling light, splitting energy-wholes into petty onenesses –


At one with invisibility


Use the fuel of panic to build up heat in an overcrowded room

Breath abused and expanded, perspiration in anti-breath

And anti-river in one – sandwiched quite in decorum.


Go all around; you are a magnet;

The things you seek are tiny, chipped filings,

Very little in themselves.

Seize one, divide the individual for what it is,

Then take it back –

Contrived again in the room so choc-a-bloc


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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