Diane Hine

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

Coming, Ready Or Not - Poem by Diane Hine

When we play hide and seek,
my grandson tells me where to hide.
I must hide in the tan swivel armchair.
I want to sneak away to hide somewhere
clever while he counts, but can’t
because he’s canny, though only three
and can see right through me. He can see
through his eyelids and fingers too.

So I scrunch myself up, close my eyes
and blend into the wrinkled leather.
After looking in the cupboard, under
the desk and behind the curtain,
he finds me straight away.
Then he hides under the table.
I look under the curtain. He sings out,
‘I’m here Grandma, under the table’.
After looking in the desk and behind
the cupboard, I find him straight away.

How worried we’d be, if I couldn’t find him
or he couldn’t find me. Much more sensible
to hide in plain view, so we do.

Topic(s) of this poem: grandchild


Comments about Coming, Ready Or Not by Diane Hine

  • Eugene Levich (3/13/2016 1:10:00 AM)


    A delightful little hide and seek- but- alas- I see I'm going to have to read ALL of DH's poems- a longish but mesmerizing task! (Report) Reply

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  • Brian Johnston (4/1/2015 1:36:00 PM)


    Have to 'Echo' Valsa on this one. Much enjoyed. Being a guy it never occurred to me to hide in plain sight while playing this game. Isn't there always supposed to be a REAL WINNER. Finally I think I get it. Thanks for enlightening me! Ha! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (3/17/2015 7:23:00 AM)


    A delightful write.... simple and sweet....the playfulness shared by a grandma and her grandson! Yes, the children are so smart and clever! They dictate us what to do and we have no choice but obey! Really enjoyed the conclusion.... to avoid disappointments, 'we opt to hide in plain view'! Thus you too have become another child, playing hide and seek! (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Katona (3/15/2015 11:11:00 PM)


    Delightful. What a lovely game and so well written we can imagine playing like this ourselves. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 14, 2015



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