Planetary Wiz

Planetary Wiz

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

He was wearing a coloured waistcoat,
All covered in Moons and stars,
With planets and things, and Saturn with rings,
And one glowing red like Mars,
I saw him first in the marketplace
Hid under his pointy hat,
With ribbons and whorls, and pictures of girls
Pinned over the place he sat.

And she was there at his feet that day
In a dress like a gypsy curse,
Her hair was red, and I’ve always said
She was one with the universe.
If ever love had bitten my hand
Tearing the flesh from the bone,
Then I’d have bled like a river, red
While dragging the girl back home.

But there on the table between them
The tickets were piled so high,
And each one said, ‘would you rather dead,
Or up for a place in the sky?’
It looked like a planetary super mart
With pebbles from outer space,
And there I saw an astrology chart
With a sketch reflecting my face.

I’d swear that the gypsy scowled at me
As the Moon Man tapped with his wand,
A sense of dread sweeping over my head
Put me in the sea of despond,
‘You know you have to get out of here,’
He whispered, the Man from Mars,
‘They’re coming to sweep you away this year,
Along with your rusty cars.’

The girl threw open her gypsy dress
The end would play on her screen,
The earth had gone where it once had shone,
It looked like a nightmare scene.
For bits of earth were floating apart
And space glowed green in the night,
While only the Moon still lit up the room
Where once there had been delight.

‘Pick up your ticket for who knows where,’
He said, to lighten the gloom,
The gypsy curse had been getting worse
Since I knew the earth was a tomb.
I thanked them both, then I turned away
As they faded into the stars,
With planets and things, and Saturn with rings,
And one glowing red like Mars,

David Lewis Paget

© 2016 David Lewis Paget


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Enjoyed reading your poem. "With planets and things, and Saturn with rings,
And one glowing red like Mars," I like the spins and turns of your poem. The arrangement of words are very good. Tongue tie rhythm that flowed together very nicely yet a sense of fear and stillness in the air.
Well written and expressed.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.



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A marvelous poem indeed. Vivid, lively and full of gorgeous images. Bravo!

Posted 6 Years Ago


Enjoyed reading your poem. "With planets and things, and Saturn with rings,
And one glowing red like Mars," I like the spins and turns of your poem. The arrangement of words are very good. Tongue tie rhythm that flowed together very nicely yet a sense of fear and stillness in the air.
Well written and expressed.

Posted 7 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Another well written tale. . .

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

For some reason I really like this one and I am not usually into the super natural. The kids in my family would love to see this on the big screen. Valentine

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I love your story telling exciting poetry. .....well penned

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

A very captivating and exciting read. I love to imagine how different this piece all played out in whoever has read it. Bravo. Thank you for sharing

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Good tale described my friend. Those Gypsy curses are dangerous. I like the use of strong description making the tale come alive. Thank you my friend for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote


Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ground control to Major Paget.
A wonderful magical mystery tour, I loved every swerve and burst of light. This appealed to so many of the "me's" in me.
Wonderful, just wonderful.

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Great visual descriptions, dramatic, exciting, when she opens her dress to reveal
" the screen" well I wasn't expecting that bit of "magic". I enjoyed the vivid picture of the bite to the bone and the river of blood...that was excellent.....
His deep desire for the gypsy girl was compelling. The wizard clothing was very attention getting and when you topped this poem off with the pile of tickets " outta here " rather than be swept away with his rusty cars!!! .......ha ha!! You are magical yourself sir! Thank you for sharing your work with us!

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Love this one David, I felt dazzled by the colors of the whole thing and a story straight out of the wildest imagination a truly wonderful poem my friend :)

Posted 8 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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David Lewis Paget
David Lewis Paget

Moonta, South Australia, Australia



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