Poem – Speakfeel (By David Russell)


Razor branches, pointed-forked roots stretch centrifugal jabs against middle surface

Sources swallowed in the lightless void

Cancelled fugitives incubated in pure motion, rejecting sides, all allowed

Only restored through leaves and petals avid for translucency

Shining to meet the beak and proboscis, clumsy, assured


Seaweed swelters for the dark answer, shimmering clasps from knuckle-protectors,

Ricocheting nadir curls of bubbling schnorkels, rushing at poise in mid-breath


Retorts offer parallels, washing of corrosion – ultimate shields, slow abrasion, nether capacity.

Vintage matured undrinkable pending not the choked breath, snapped swapped nerve

A general rest by mass appalled –

Threading, eyeing, combing, spinning, linking cards skimming the top off the optical

Kinetic rainbows turned monochrome pending theory filling up, emptying abstract hollows

Calculations shine eyes bright animate lids off antithesis of switch


Hereafter preposterous friendly cayman amicable viper – incisor diametric, venom fang backwards

Often inside limbs, vulnerable

Never consult silence value

Blossom before principle, brush held somewhat tipped

Universal side before in play brought up bits linear


Truncated pen channel here irrigator, doubtful connections, tributary hand

Less shakiness rein free ball fear coming elasticity only compressed, ultimately reflects

Until shards one from mirrors hinges

When sun in collapse spatters multiplicative roosts justifying red crest

Thinking if anything makes just so vanishing zipping point


Vocabulary reticence-compressed, phonemes’ overloaded trough through thoughts

Pens internecine lasting prissy after threads’ non-meeting

Fellows stumped being peeled candidly, sunnily with pauses

Stirring into explosion or dissolution, tranquil somethings


Why single relative thence carob pushing brands varnished thereat

Levels thrusting simmer off type the ginger five cat here comes

If finishing compatible is nesting plus trepanning

Full chunks fold, then sibilant protagonist labile

Now torque link pusillanimous kindling depends

Leans fat on rain pyramid mangoes humanized, cost certain at a levering,


Staymens’ circulation in ghosts’ prosody, person prison poisoned happily

Back boot hiking, laden nuance suspended

Clinically throbbing portal stained, then cracked wiles,

Curled cold grain treating rills answering tactic pontoon mulled spiders titillate narwhals’ spinnings

Frayed keys grilled after quizzically lighting

Thence sideways forensic spent furred curling foiled energy

Rotund pasta curse dowse turpentine twizzling gurgles grinding,

Mallifluous funnel tar cactus brush toying with nearby top


Presuppositions  visible between associations unfree

Cauterised criterion clinical prism

Thereafter trying primed chased toiling taboo under


Dream and anticipation hours turned two, suspended over tributes

Linear down live cyclic ends chocolate start.


Persevere end will fantasy exhaustion point and compensation subliminal slither.

Time brimming, ever following abundant deodorant rehearsal


Religion without all culling, thrilling, mulling, chilling, thence and there,

Torque moving thrall comes meaning, seething, victim dispersed to universe gassed


A nearing cuddling needling tanning, mellowing fuddling lisps, fine treatment limbs

Thence the tor after climbing drawn out be slow

We ever were so clever after how intellect survives will transformation tell

Only one could naught telling maybe kneads not needed, obligation embossed


Weaning edicts crumbled pleading whining mining lining grist

For all I know pullets plummeting depths inherent in here

Lasting linking striking saltpetre off significance reeling off of writing

Scheming chiding turmoil stirrup parsing breath.


Calumny columns in withering thrusts muddle is essential

Whipping circular scoring compasses, protracting thoughts, engines beneath pleading

Pleasure ever in line girt polyps with quietly sewn portending youth

Owing owning wicked excrescence riling tightly yet portals until I open

Dew see filing hotly freed jarring kobold zoophyte void coating nucleus me balls


Frequency finger following boot tiers to three myopic, literal gouge, literal frond

Eager burrow released vellum honey torpid drops river after into phonemes diluted treddle worm pots, hermits’ coverings pointedly halved

I ask replete someone frames pendulous hoops tarpaulins, waists, carapaces

Niggling my dribbling revel tureen, wheeling tick horns thickened smashes

Gears pimply wishes response choreographic come pass to a thing,

Mirrors with trills moving, trepanning ooze doldrums we find harnessed comely sideways


Breaths disease trifling curses whistling that all round means greed carboniferous to a thought

Grime bleaching squelching tarbrush lathes in tempest mumbling that do out veering wrestled

Ring mount backwards nothing callow violently kettle jarring lip grub free hot door

Python swank unusual in year round plodding ever wondering lasso quite grip tooth


The now carcinogenic floundering lull in all eddies in past lieu tormenting christened drums liability Reallocation at intervals warted sarcastic lurch, crests quite athwart

Thence knowlingly all prying trills whipped foolishly,

Trounced prepositions, while constantly juggled, twink pivots up, lured, twisting fine

Nine divisions presupposed blindly powerless

Molluscs like a jet, napalm hot in bullion, up grey vaults yet clotted

Free septic right zoology as erratically it was diced, truffles from morbidity jousting rotund

Frenetically quotation axial familiar paradigm counter toppling, neuralgia, velours

Gruel friendly asphalt – that we see prevalent occharinas yearly dwelt tarpons cramped honourably

Thought lacquering over portions felt asway, griddle


Drowned frequently acacia horrendous thumb lined predatory tears distilled

Inhalable piercing knots honing grist appointed barricading plight dust swill

And through all lining feathers quit nether urgency space grade looting points

Wherewithal fool findings molar trying incisor threats hinting diagonally phylloxera

Assure attainment live tremor pleurisy, palsy gestating self weals thorns

Frosty bulbous twirling teasing fences voluminous aquatic bubbles

Deterrence swathes puzzling back quell energy wracking rite yearlings

Two seething funnels and grit junk humble hunk jumble up inches cordite lip pus cretin void


Name boring mammoth palms okapi nip inherent vignette couched grazing foxy resurgent

Nails welts asinine porcupine, freckled quagga, pining worthy awash truly Alpine

Frequent  predominance of the continuous astray participle tribalism plethora virtue

Oscillator or plurality, phrasal disruption of originality individuality now working breath through

Phoneme cracks and all responding rejection challenge taken affront swiping out some notions

Aesthetic cobwebs, scholarship punctured, will out riling twists of anchorage to be a cell

Lapsing softly, nadir of reassurance, propeller mobility shaft rescinded,

Tomahawk for nothing around roller skates and dodgems, whereas after nausea lift yawning

Clocks upon a gutter offering parsimony, the other esplanade re-routing

Hoops suspended, and all without a name


We sat mat wonder; how did the real pronoun find such a corner?

Teething, trickling I might add, renewed asthmatically, revived opportunely

Gnat slight slug right cracked jug rusty tug, pot pourri beefed –

Proof against all repetition, bar the essential – however plausible.


Spaded clods and caked worries, clay with latent wheel swirls, could be a liet-down

Liquefied saltpeter coagulating on regulated splinters,

The irrigation, the ignition –  tackiness abounding, slime for the path and the protection,

Blue flame feeder, tantrums in scarcity locked in living rounds


Hermetic splayed panegyric round glass paper friction, a cut thereafter, podium bound

Lake of something curling upwards vortex flogging latently so amounting to something less

Brewing all bowling in reeling trestles apoplectic in the soap now all scumming trees up

Negotiating growth quite as normal pioneering nether somethings wishing on several stars

Ululation ravening wholesomeness plotted akimbo elephant rising rice paper thence

Rollicking collisions in sympathy are found after some calumny told it without


Paracetemol into reflection curled tinkling morose whorls strung prone grit liquid fright

Shivers to  reverting one wonders nucleus many centres off

Surrounds grown positive to forms tangents through shrinking world found self-reflection

In elastic proportions absolute relativity in manganese thank you

Cloistering up and beyond, twit torment tambourine of placation

Barged of the ordinary execration, wasted girth, penultimate peewit

Telling howl of mercy bromide gullet, verisimilitude nickel, veridium prism

Trawled about, frightened ozone, pity mental lost net, very but cheering zoo

Second at dawn from grey hot locked jesting we quite turgid rills

Youth obtusely under it, xenophobia preening can blithely vie, needing mud

And settle down for hips, just gluttonous, quaggas, rice toiling yearly up ichthyosauri

Opulent plight popping in unwarranted right yet too entry with quadrangle limping julep

Hyped gravestones flirting dress soft tiger laughed winding plinth prelapsarian vortex

Waste craned glider soaked iris cobalt blood afresh twirled asunder

Leaking niggling pokers for the best rhinoceros


One feels pawing regiments fandango report benison mercurial drugs forgotten harps

Twining down for telescopes breathing drawl likeness languid yachts graciously strewn

Retrenching luck dead sixes finding pixies honour hunger troubling guy tyre asphalt

Weaving frond stave spigot barrel ballistic eschatology log gyroscope

Fluted ruts of politics peeping quagmire, draught saxophone, vaulting bulrush,

Vehicular salted wreck, fraud rotor resurgent plight, darts screwed unjustly high

Purgatorial sick, sticks, bones, vegetables, reap bleat hired whittled aggrandizement

Swizzle trot oryx, tumbling potted light, sanity’s threads with sanity disproved,

Thumping of the tired and empty Houdini comes next


Nothing but writing now, this rather pat with tap washer, then weed out

Plummets oxygen, indirectly ashen oxen, jackets wilt extensions pother lipped

Boulders reach


Night bleeding soaked lies through to tenet of dispersal, crossing generation in torch

Nurturing runners, ricochet track doubling, wiping first out motion, groundsheets bubble out

But freely dripping needling grunts heave guilt in balls of wool peg moorings out

Lastingly hoisting circled flotation regimented whelks amidst castanets throbbing

Breath lifting sheep lumped together, come pink jelly plagues them all

With blackberry skins piloting around parachute polyps wrestle flips decanting powder

Turbulence nuggets careening thoughts


Paradigmatic curls trip tarantellas nakedly overall respite, great girth bullets

Foison thalidomide holds many breaths hereafter wondering pleasantly cowed

Politely beneath latticed migraines powder much feel flinging thereto recuperations

Abutting right good trundling, enough arraigned licentiously plotting course

If need wonderful be if pills of occasional opulence writhing vehemently marked down

Away trelliswork drowning aghast one brain cannot be quite out of air translucently


Lean heaving may wander in, all ringing, sweet associations reverberate in tablature

In the mist of reflection, weeded, wormed and questioned, cystitis could be blooming

When is the back? Yawns now of indigestion, carpeting nuggets for a change,

Plurisy in distinct shades, wilting restorative of soil trajectories, grow telescoped whatever

Reigniting tops of yeast genetically, undated formed stelae, absolute precedent,

Off-season cast that mosquitoes plastering islets porphyry would  centrality emerge

Through an idea, afterthought, with doubts, stocks irrigate

Stone-free excavations, bare outlines, plaudits ahead, vector nettles, zones as drawn

Frost, grubs in hibiscus plummets sour off quills, bend richly thyme-filled

Capacious fault being in obtuse eerie mere mine moraine, jilting honey power

Like if so loth barnacle retracing swift salt now synthetic  volley

Bled murk azilian friend grave grabbing jerk purchase pike ulcerous Yetis

Loam pull and limpness, hunger, outlast of rewarding energy fads, glottal hiatus

Jingle like dam mad swerving dashboard fog glutinous heat

Jet cobalt crested blister meringue, insipid triplets under orgone,

Gremlins abutting, feuds bleat, manorial clinch oust plutonium groin trundle,

Whips fronted keenly brewery offal gyre hurting treat façade, zax quip came last

None iodine idiocy, stained records in cause and summary regretting penthathlon polyglot

Upbraiding who will thereafter be referred to in the last part

Who will thereafter be referred to in the last part submarine source snarling vicariously


Abrasion inspiration of lined frayed net sideways haggled elliptical bulrushes ninepins

Bright pink allays forking truisms wheedling jokes, extortions, libations, hackles,

Steamed harbingers of crematoria feeling chasms in ashes tripping rubies around an idea

With all vapour creamed like friendly sheeted laps bouncing on cinders’ thrust,

Cubs glow in bitumen, miasma rawplugs clear turpitude announcement, hobbling flutes

Of maize weevil, engines cheer life on, happy in a lariat or bola, horses are on knees

Whipped plastic core trick, snip glue waking scorpion throb oxygen ingratiating infringement

Lisping nettles, dozens cry, whittle bolts plinth drenching skittish lurking paste of leg

Zoeotrope gaudy trout fond mynah queasy veridium vellum knocked, jousting pebbles

Creep luscious poltergeist lupin veracity, spokes cycling, rusted rattle hunger gristle frog daub sash asthmatic quoit


Bottle can equally suspended re global with currents terrapins sliding estates

Waterproof lurking squids plausible wept round thrust nicely, oxen tubs acacia policy

Callisthenic intermingling brunt neurasthenic villages wistfully polling crevices powered

Frolicsome things if ever needed haphazard loops cavorting flesh, plaster crystal weeds

Pristine hoarseness colliding windswept toiling mud proud bullets swathed in leeks for mice

If cleverly twisted, really sawmills, sweet parenthesis shawled, portly magnesium, wheeled origins spit on split interior, mess inside, invention coiled, bereft


Allow rest trial wrought yeast blissfully blundering paladin plot horticultural tatters

Moods, axial cards, velvet bragging hoisted medicinally proper lorgnettes, pensive truancy

Hop shells burst lovingly, torque grunting mellifluous bark, leather tongue

Wheat blossom cubes hyacinth paste, begging lightly at jousting turpitude of weevils,

Miasma rolls blistering cut palindrome zeta axiomatic sweat duration frond,

Grinding hoops muttering, sallow points hurt, worming slime wraiths, rustle slewed elevation,

Potatoes play photographs caustic purlieus appurtenances climb formally booted remarking folly,

Adrenalin coasting rattler, homing cowl


Slubberdegullion archive scoops spalpeen architrave, droop passionate rill, cavorting renegade

Ticklish relish, wallets, broken pork in spirit, calabash healing, muzzled noose, abrasive lump, quilted wreath, entirely rusty, tripping yet urethra island off canoe, lacking jollity, heightened grit drains so aware from might, brain never voids sticks, cutting hallowed thongs’ plaudit, polite beret opulence

Whacking plum, muttering yawl, crystal meddling, licorice frozen, azilian nature, war brewing,

Curves’ desecration in pagan stumps, nut lovingly, cord illicit, trounce loquacity, aplomb, hack jet, gum dribble alkaline, squat netherwards, bone and vellum ache, riddling mucus spawning rest,

Obvious implicit peccadillo lighting navel realms, white quarrying, rentable plovers bargaining Quicksilver lentils buried aloft, horns, larking plugs, vaulting doors,

Plaintiff hacked mice plums, wart bile truculence, burbling aquarium, plinth bread, pacifism

Orbit cloud soap portal omniscient dive straightness pulse, suspension lift, back level raised to ae


A vaulted robe, up pillars tapering, orbed buttresses, shafts forked, horizons aloft bore

Angles crushed low into two, air bounced, locks visible to port, combine cardiac hard decibels

Speak into solids, sensed floods wound oxygen, one, the two bound all, lull sorted out –

Will links curled trill hawsers?


*   *   *

Font flint above flail, riling ploy powdered pure, an idol superimposed on the act of desecration

Rubber out of the final inhibition, blessed fireflies’ levitation, blunt, pliant jawbone, haemoglobin Fraught watersnake, furled peony, halting plush crest, font hop parenthetically not crossed

For all rounded, purred, restlessly hooped fluorescent maze, log spread, rough clatter tenth,

Whip extra cartilage, hole plot rails in mercury bouncing off obliteration in repetition


Deceased cartographers leapfrog with the stylus unfree, emptied into absolute bounce pride,

Slivers flounced redolent, piquant nerves, assortment ploughing kernels, lost whale’s plush –

It’s long stretched around the unspeakable well-met seeded soul-body,

Slacken roughage, cut rickets across curlews, hurtle matches, quantum chewing-gum,

Fallen heresy yeast mount harpies, narwhals, hump  mud, flocculent torrid muchness honed clout


If forded, placard miserably hints polemic nub ridden lucky flight drown pilot wren

Wrecked town, thalidomide purred, carts up topical in a ball, mossy flagstones, gelled hips,

Pasta and popcorn trailing whiles, hummed pots, predestined nouns, freight pined,

Cloistering undulation belling price, halting heresy – in spite of elastic marinated posies,

Token touch of the rim, accountable nerves forcing pumps

Heinous quilts bereft of power, plasma popping hologram, rapt parsimony unleashed –

Tripping – a flick without a snap, released poison orchid, gnarled fortress walks,

Draught, railing, asbestos emphasis lightly nub orifice, bay lighthouse, miasma tarpaulin

Vexed price, offal happy, perpendicular – allied with foam, horizons bleating, mathematics,

Shrieking plaintiff, mélange for a shipwreck, other tiller, megaphone critical, swoop, drains, windows . . .

Tambourine blots freckles’ axial node chorally purred athwart barnacles, plutonium bread,

Azure foil we lurk, adjacent fronds warbling, honour yeast, Venus flytraps evanescent, powerful

Execrate ox-hide buttress, now meanly like killing joke, hoping great funnel, dot sap affair

Quoit error, tulip yearling up idiotic organ plight queasy way east, roulette triangle

Yet udder diplodocus opulent plinth astride step down, frightened gulley, hoop joist kudos lip, ozone, oxide crystal, verity bung, nasal mount . . .


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.


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