Diane Hine

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

Cape Horn - Poem by Diane Hine

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In Drake Passage, the gleeful sea saith…
‘Yo sailors! You’ll not pass me by stealth.
Vessels cut my muscle but not my strength.
Your sailing ship’s too fat with plundered wealth.
I want a tithe of weathered skin; a tenth.
Bony arms aloft, furl sail the yard’s length.
I smell greased plaits, cold sweat and warm breath.
Free pass to tars who jig my shibboleth.
Reel on slick, pitched decks across my breadth,
or sink inside my ever-tightening depth.
Come in! The brine’s fine. I’ll drink your health,
bone, muscle, fat, skin, hair, sweat and breath.’


Comments about Cape Horn by Diane Hine

  • Tarobinson1103@gmail.com Robinson (6/18/2013 10:51:00 AM)


    One of the few places in the world where mamoth waves crash into each other like clapping hands.
    Vicious in nature, devine in beautiy, resting place for many.
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  • Valsa George (6/14/2013 6:07:00 AM)


    A horrifying challenge.... blood curdling and intimidating! Who can meet head on the fury of the briny depths? A great write! ! (Report) Reply

  • (6/11/2013 5:26:00 PM)


    There be a challenge, a gauntlet, a threat, a dare, a Shakespearian taunt of menaces here with language measured with ill intent, malevolent fibres from pure darkness rent, that only John Sparrow would disrespect. (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (6/9/2013 12:04:00 PM)


    Fresh smell from the sea, Fresh heart what i see..Here at Cape Horn, you make us free...truly lovely write Diane..loved it! _Soul (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (6/9/2013 11:42:00 AM)


    I can feel.myself there on the ship. Brilliant poem Diane. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (6/9/2013 11:19:00 AM)


    Excellent Diane - a great sea poem. Being a landlubber, this definitely shivers me timbers! (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2013 10:54:00 AM)


    Free pass to tars who jig my shibboleth,
    that thar line is a gem,
    I absolutely adore this poem.
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  • (6/9/2013 10:18:00 AM)


    From what I remember about the sea is as much, she can be brutally sound in strength. Awesome write. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, June 9, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, July 31, 2013


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