Diane Hine

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

Behemoth - Poem by Diane Hine

Bluestone backed, puce bellied and cicatrix gashed,
the hungry bellicose beast comes out at night.
Honed yellow lower incisors and canines gnash.
Stay in. Never risk crossing his line of sight.

He roams, hours and miles until first rays flood.
They flay, though his skin is inches thick. They prick.
A seepage which air burns red, yet isn't blood
stipples and sheets his iron with rusted slick.

Hide like armour drapes his prominent spine
and wraps his muscles. He's dry-season lean.
Solid leg bones are diver's weights. Saturnine,
he guards a daytime haunt looped serpentine.

Light slips across his skin in quivering scallops.
Fear his temper, his clicked and rumbled discourse.
Admire his fluid, full-stretched sunken gallop.
Behold the hippo bull, the river's untamed horse.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The clear secretion turns red and dries brown. It acts like a sunscreen and antiseptic.

Comments about Behemoth by Diane Hine

  • (5/14/2013 1:49:00 PM)

    A great poem, really liked it. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/23/2013 9:07:00 AM)

    A very different poem with the description of the great beast has the vivacity of imagination ingrained with seemly details. Well done.! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (2/12/2013 10:41:00 PM)

    Diana, your world is 'peopled' with beasts and birds of the rarest kind and you present them before the readers in graphic detail and in all propensity! ! A good poem! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (2/11/2013 8:30:00 AM)

    Don't know much about this creature, but he sounds horrendous - very well depicted in this excellent write. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (2/10/2013 6:42:00 PM)

    Incisive description of an unusal beast. Expertly done! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 10, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, February 11, 2013

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