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What the Horoscope Says

February 19, 2010

by Rodney Wood

it says carrier bags make me nervous
it says I dream of birdseed hanging
above gnomes and a lake of roses

it says the breakdown won’t help
it says I’m waiting for something
better to come along, like another day

it says love is a valley of dead things
it says I can withstand high winds
and am not afraid of grotesque stones

it says I strain myself in a bad way
it says soles are worn and slip easily
but my feet want to dance out the door

it says I will be involved in replacement
it says the new moon makes me flexible
and it says someone will weep for me

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Rodney Wood lives in northeast Hampshire and has recently been spending his time writing poems about gigs — everything from thrash metal to Tibetan monks — that he’s seen at the local arts centre. His work has appeared in many magazines, including, this past year, nthposition, Stride and Sunk Island Review.

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  1. Maureen Jivani
    February 21, 2010 at 8:43 am

    This is great, Rod. Lovely, precise language and I love the images. Stunning last line too!

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