Poem – Respitoration (By David Russell)



Can there still be irrigation

Now the stem’s closed, dry?

Can there still be imagination –

When the bottom’s gone awry –

When everyone can see

Through every ancient icon?


In spite of everything, maybe –

When light floods all opacity,


As every block of granite,

Basalt, obsidian

Melts into a stained-glass window;


When experience

Submits to colour separation,

Sparks my feed –

A phoenix out of limp exhaustion.


When water fails,

Let there be light.


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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