Poem – Work out of Progress (By David Russell)

Work out of Progress


I suppose it must all go on indefinitely –

Just when I thought it had all been played out,

All become superfluous.


I am at the stage of universal discarding;

I suppose that many people see, through several decades,

What I pushed aside in a matter of months.


Discarding is basic to life: I am not dead,

So I must keep on discarding indefinitely;

It is also what keeps the others going –


Writing is a sort of discarding –

Some sense comes from putting something

Out into the void, the negative black


It may after all come to something –

Though not necessarily –

Not really necessary

Though nobody knew how to say so.



Childhood was a waterproof lining

Imprinted with the patterns of crossed fibres

Making jagged scratches on him

Who would have the perfect inside out

After folding it tidily and putting it in a drawer –


So many repetitions formed a furrow

In the musty darkness.


Wisps of ivy demarcating what was to be the next door

Levelled under a rubber cork corrugated roof –

All climbable, unlike the ivy climbed over.


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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