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,
Melts into a stained-glass window;
Submits to colour separation,
Sparks my feed –
A phoenix out of limp exhaustion.
When water fails,
Let there be light.
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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