Diane Hine

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

Nucleation (A Caudate Sonnet) - Poem by Diane Hine

This was no laudanum daydream Robert.
I’m quite clear-headed though I know my cheeks
are flushed. I saw Florence Cathedral’s chic
new façade – finished at last! Time wandered
wilfully, not I. Sightseers hovered
aloft in untethered telepheriques.
I watched people watch zoetrope machines.
I learnt that empty space is not…..Doctor?

No, I’m compos mentis……not quite empty.
I read, over shoulders, sense and riddles
(…surface nucleates carbon dioxide…)
Instantly I thought of all the letters
you sent me. What’s the link? Well, time swan dived
clockstupid to clockwise, so I scribbled

this quick note: ‘A dimpled
oblate spheroid seeds bubbles in soda.’
Dear, you catalyse my lines which over
flow in cola codas.
You loosened my collared throat, and provoke
my mind like Mentos dropped in diet Coke,
and if we can’t revoke
entropy, or seed a virtual cloud
or find a budding multiversal bough,
know I love thee now.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Elizabeth Barrett Browning visits the future.

Comments about Nucleation (A Caudate Sonnet) by Diane Hine

  • Gold Star - 6,199 Points Douglas Scotney (8/23/2013 9:52:00 PM)

    powerful love poem, Diane. Sort of reminds me of my'Overhung with You' about that other opium addict, Coleridge, and his former love of Napoleon. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 12,325 Points Lyn Paul (8/22/2013 10:01:00 AM)

    I am with Valsa. Diane you have wit, intelligence and you are most certainly original. Ps so intelligent you do flow over my head occasionally. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,276 Points Shahzia Batool (8/20/2013 12:31:00 PM)

    rich, rich and stirring...and the reasons are not wanting of course! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 25,150 Points Valsa George (8/20/2013 6:28:00 AM)

    You loosened my collared throat, and provoke
    my mind like Mentos dropped in diet Coke,

    What ingenious analogy!

    When 'time swan dived from clock stupid to clock wise' what all changes! Elizabeth watching Florence Cathedral's new facade! I get only some scattered pictures, not all, for it is too deep, as Thomas has pointed out, not for the masses! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 347 Points David Wood (8/20/2013 4:58:00 AM)

    I wonder what she would make of it? The internet and PH would be a surprise and the decline in books too, a thought provoking poem of what the future hold for us all. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,228 Points Thomas A Robinson (8/19/2013 11:25:00 PM)

    Whoa, material not for the masses! But I see no tail to wag here. Still love is love no matter how
    test tubingly you get to paradise. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,941 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (8/19/2013 8:53:00 PM)

    nucleation of emotions,
    both physical and chemical,
    a few laugh, a few cry,
    a few shout, a few scheme,
    Diane, you write poems.. Nice to read. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 19, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 27, 2013


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