1. Mars – the Bringer of War
Do not forget the planet of the spears --
the fight goes on between your loves and fears.
Campfires burn among the soldier stones.
These are the fallen. Bathe them with your tears.
2. Venus – the Bringer of Peace
Please lie upon the white chaise lounge with me
in front of Botticelli's Aphrodite.
Look out to willows and the violet sky
and tune into the highest frequency.
3. Mercury – the Winged Messenger
My headache gets relief from swirling pain
as a memo comes and goes and comes again:
'Ascend the spiral staircase where words fly
and listen to gold twittering in the brain.'
4. Jupiter – the Bringer of Jollity
A president falls and power is transferred
enacting further theatre of the absurd.
The king of planets fuelled by thunder words
keeps nodding to each poet mockingbird.
5. Saturn – the bringer of Old Age
You talk a lot, but horseplay doesn't pay --
again the paper trail has filled your tray.
The candle burns from fat to slim to wax.
Left foot, right foot. Oh shit! it's Saturday.
6. Uranus, the Magician
The lit-up stairs link to your High Command,
is your pineal
When melatonin flows down through the stem
a pea-sized gate brings
Alice to Wonderland.
Neptune – the Mystic
Cool planet, you're the fluid part of me,
the blue and royal rhythm of the sea.
Follow the turtle on a nautilus shell.
Between the weeds, my rainbow fish slides free.
Poems can be submitted at the drop boxes on LEA 4, or by emailing them to caledoniaskytower at g mail (dot) com.