Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,143 Points (25 July 1956)

Ballade: On The Ocean Current - Poem by Diane Hine

The Turritopsis jellyfish
theoretically might never die
but Nature rarely grants its wish
to settle and transmogrify.
Clear bells with tiny radii
are perfect sea slug snacks – alack!
It grieves me so, I’m apt to cry.
Would you be me, a leatherback?

Though jellies are my staple dish
I’d never eat immortals. Why?
I’m not quite sure - I’m liverish
and yet I would diversify
to eat the slug that ate my guy.
To quote a dipsomaniac,
‘my witness is the empty sky’.
Would you be me, a leatherback?

My girlfriend’s ridged like liquorice
and to my tetrachromatic eye
her unnamed hues glow devilish.
Although she’s 83, she’s spry
but not possessive. No, nor I.
I’m rhymy Jack (not Kerouac
who’d rather choke than versify) .
Would you be me, a leatherback?

Does immortality qualify
if one’s reborn amnesiac?
I ask each drifting passerby,
‘Would you be me, a leatherback’?

Comments about Ballade: On The Ocean Current by Diane Hine

  • Shahzia Batool (8/7/2013 10:18:00 AM)

    A very focused write by a master-hand who knows her job well...! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (8/1/2013 4:57:00 PM)

    What we don't know about what we cannot see is far away but what we know about what we can see we can agree on. Its a win-win. Poor turtle. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/29/2013 7:25:00 AM)

    From the world of birds, you have now come to the domain of Leatherback turtles, jelly fish and slugs! As a lover of wild life, you bemoan their near extinction! Man's greed exceeds all permissible limits! At least there are quite a few people like you who are sensitive to such issues of these mute creatures! A great write! ! (Report) Reply

  • (7/27/2013 8:25:00 PM)

    I once ate a leatherback,
    Yolky in its floppy shell
    In distant Rantau Abang
    After watching them lay their eggs.
    O how the memory lingers:
    You tear the shell with your fingers.
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  • (7/27/2013 11:11:00 AM)

    brilliant..! ! !
    very good poem
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  • Lyn Paul (7/27/2013 7:37:00 AM)

    Such a clever write for your imagination too is brilliant (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (7/27/2013 3:21:00 AM)

    Excellent Diane - I wouldn't want to be a leather either. Fascinating write, replete with some original words. (Report) Reply

  • (7/26/2013 7:00:00 AM)

    A light hearted write belies a serious tone even Kerouac faced the road alone. In blistering sun the Leatherback's smelly, but if they travelled by air the aeroplane jelly would be complementary and preserve their tack, and some would envy a leatherback. (Report) Reply

  • (7/26/2013 6:26:00 AM)

    we need them far more than they need us and that's the undoing....need turns to greed and they start disappearing. This poem is a reminder. Thanks Diane. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (7/26/2013 5:08:00 AM)

    What are we doing to our seas? Soon even the leatherback will be in decline. A good write Diane. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013

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