Diane Hine

Silver Star - 3,523 Points (25 July 1956)

Death Poem by Diane Hine


Death 29/7/12
A hunting gent lies broken-boned,
unhorsed beside the bramble hedgerow.
Smiley fox appears at last
to whisper 'tally-ho'!

A hiker with binoculars is
mesmerized by bird call echoes.
Unaware, she meets a bear.
A bird sings 'Cheerio'!

A limey falls from rimy rig.
A passing mermaid hums calypso.
Partnering his drowning jig,
she murmurs 'Yo ho ho'.

An artery drains, a thief lies dying
stabbed by shards from the jeweler's window.
Lo, a copper chances by,
'hello, ‘ello, ‘ello'

A seedy movie flickers on.
Angina stills a patron's airflow.
Porn star watching from the screen
is sighing, 'Oh, Oh, Oh'.

I am Death, as fox, bird, mermaid,
copper, porn star - no proviso.
Masked however each prefers
to say 'It's time to go'!

Submitted: Sunday, July 29, 2012
Edited: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Topic of this poem: death


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Comments about this poem (Death by Diane Hine )

  • Gold Star - 7,608 Points Lyn Paul (7/31/2013 4:27:00 PM)

    Love all of the different scenarios, so well written and a perfect one to save. Thank You (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,356 Points Hans Vr (8/6/2012 4:56:00 AM)

    what a great approach to a very serious subject.
    Superbly written. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Simon Odhiambo (8/6/2012 4:55:00 AM)

    It is time to go...a nice piece. Well done. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 347 Points Danny Draper (8/1/2012 9:02:00 AM)

    Such a cornucopia of scenarios and life mocking death catch phrases from myriad times and cultural places, but when it is time as you have said in this well crafted verse, finality may be introduced in many ways but uniformly and universally it ends in silence. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 533 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (8/1/2012 4:13:00 AM)

    Very amusing piece. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Chuck Audette (7/31/2012 12:12:00 PM)

    They call him the Grim Reaper, but it seems like he has a sense of humor! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points Mark Normand (7/31/2012 11:04:00 AM)

    Very real subject.It is so true and I cannot think anything that can be more ironic to man at times. Death must have a sense of humor, although a sick sense of humor. Death is ironic when it happens to fools it seems as though some beg for it with their stupidity, but death becomes senseless and terribly sad when it happens to the innocent who value the time they have and only want to live. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Subrat Pradhan Love-immortal (7/31/2012 9:16:00 AM)

    Well rhymed with words. Try reading my love poems and comment suitably pls. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,877 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (7/29/2012 10:33:00 PM)

    among all those you have mentioned here, the copper stands as sore thumb, so far we haven't found out the way for copper to say that it is time to go. Cheers! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 340 Points Captain Cur (7/29/2012 2:42:00 PM)

    Death becomes her, or all of them! Only felt pity for the
    Rimy Limey, can't imagine why. Very humorous, I may have
    met that mermaid, I will tell you where later.
    Good write, very amusing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jay Mandeville (7/29/2012 2:08:00 PM)

    What a jolly, jocular music hall ditty on mortality! 'ello, 'ello, 'ello! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,229 Points Thomas A Robinson (7/29/2012 11:32:00 AM)

    very good, and I will leave it on the lighter side with two grains of salt. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,194 Points Valerie Dohren (7/29/2012 9:43:00 AM)

    Fascinating and humorous write, even though on a sad subject. (Report) Reply

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