Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,107 Points (25 July 1956)

Assassin - Poem by Diane Hine

I only hunt killers,
web weavers, trappers of innocents,
tormenters and destroyers,
my conscience is...nonexistent.

My instincts are attuned,
I'm hungry for this work- my missions,
as if by nature assigned,
incapable of contrition.

No disturbance,...no waves,
a slight presence, conservatively clothed.
I can fit in tight spaces,
take precise and painstaking steps.

Avoid warning tripwires,
my targets are so well protected.
I'm ultra-professional,
agility is essential.

The powerful are high-risk,
strongholds have vice-like security.
Put one foot wrong and I'm caught,
a hunter becomes a victim.

If seen, they'll run or fight.
I kill with quiet efficiency,
stretch my long graceful neck,
probing antennae…tap, tap, tap.

My piercing mouth is poised; I stab.
No ordinary thug,
I'm a giraffe assassin bug
and my prey is....spider.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

The Giraffe Assassin Bug has long legs and an extendable neck.
It hunts spiders in rocky crevices.

Comments about Assassin by Diane Hine

  • Rookie - 10 Points Evelyn Nec (8/30/2012 7:04:00 AM)

    nice piece of work you have here..... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Joseph Ojogba Daniel (8/7/2012 4:42:00 AM)

    lols.. U got my mind whirling, didn't expect an insect. I love ur choice of words... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jay Mandeville (8/3/2012 5:00:00 PM)

    Very dramatic, exciting, like a spy thriller! Of course, the conscience of the spider is nonexistent, too. The consciences of the mosquito and fly the spider assassinates are non-existent. Mirror upon mirror... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,018 Points Valerie Dohren (8/3/2012 11:25:00 AM)

    Never heard of this critter before - is it Australian? Sounds pretty nasty though - poor little spider (unless it's one of those poisonous things you have over there!) . Excellent write. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 27,704 Points Valsa George (8/3/2012 8:16:00 AM)

    Towards the end the reader is disillusioned.....In the beginning one might have a hoary picture of the Assassin.....and a great surprise awaits him...... Great imagination! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 432 Points Danny Draper (8/2/2012 11:58:00 PM)

    A good write Diane. Now I know what a giraffe assassin bug is. Where it storks and therein, that it does arachnids in. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,601 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (8/2/2012 8:50:00 PM)

    Suddenly I was shocked with pleasant surprise. Diane too..a political writer.. after finished reading as usual. the story of a hunter. Nice poem and good information. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 49,150 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (8/2/2012 8:49:00 PM)

    Diane...Woooooooosh! Talk about innovative creation and ultra inventivity...THIS IS IT, right here, above me! A thoroughly outstanding display of Virtual depiction...and Incarnate imagery...You Rock, lass! ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,284 Points Tarobinson1103@gmail.com Robinson (8/2/2012 8:34:00 PM)

    In Iraq they have a spider called camel spider, they can grow more than a foot across,29 cm.Fearless and quite intrusive
    but fortunately harmless if you exclude fear.That was outta the blue.Very good poem and educational.I know
    I enjoyed it.Speaking of blue...fire... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 415 Points Captain Cur (8/2/2012 7:59:00 PM)

    Two things, only you would know what a giraffe assassin spider is,
    and be able to describe it so brilliantly in this poem, story, study of nature.
    Ok, maybe three things. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 2, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, August 3, 2012


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