Christine Austin Cole


Debris (Dust Or Diamonds) - Poem by Christine Austin Cole

[We won’t survive this as we began it…]

We’ll be dust or diamonds,
remnants of the selves we were;
some alter-him, some other-her.
We linger now, near metamorphic,
awaiting that one cosmic collision,
great continental shift,
or violent volcano
that is enough in its dying
to change us, move us
and leave us
ripe for the finding.
(One more day will not matter,
one more night will not change
the wickedness of waiting
in a world that stays the same
when the clatter of the cosmos
can’t be heard above its pain.)
Still, a meteor is screaming
across a universal sky
on a collision course with destiny,
fueled by burning time
bound for its final destination
where it will lay its rubble down
with the hope that someday, somehow
its secrets will be mine(d) .

[… and whether dust or diamonds, dear, is fine]


Comments about Debris (Dust Or Diamonds) by Christine Austin Cole

  • Indira Renganathan (8/25/2009 8:44:00 AM)

    I find no word to praise you...the whole poem binds the reader's heart to befriend the words again and again..certainly a diamond-poem and a diamond-poet...thank you (Report)Reply

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  • (3/25/2009 6:19:00 PM)

    What a beautiful capture, you have painted here, wonder piece. A diamond in the rough for sure (Report)Reply

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  • (7/21/2008 3:31:00 PM)

    Your poem certainly works up the inevitable. I can feel the tension and looming fate. I continue to long for a world other than either... or. Nice use of d's in the title. I appreciate your ending. Very clever use of mine(d) and the last line introduces a sort of relief 'levity'.

    'with the hope that someday, somehow
    its secrets will be mine(d) .'

    [… and whether dust or diamonds, dear, is fine]
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  • (7/6/2008 4:07:00 PM)

    As an astronomy teacher (among other things!) I appreciate so much your grasp of the cosmos and the poetic nature of reality... do please at least publish an e-book, so we can download all yours at once and enjoy, be challenged and left better people than when we started. Thank you. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/23/2008 11:43:00 PM)

    Christine, what I like most about your poetry is your grasp on the ethereal. Growing up in the desert, I have seen mean a meteor crossing the night sky, nearly close enough (it seemed to me) to touch. This poem grasps the feeling of what place we have in a universe filled with dust and diamonds. Very nice.

    Raynette
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  • (5/15/2008 8:44:00 PM)

    whoa! I was not expecting to see this gem...i'd never read much of your stuff before and this was a kick ass surprise. But judging by the hilarious comments you left me, I should have already known you were a poem genius! haha kick ass. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/15/2008 5:54:00 PM)

    Have to keep up with the racing imagery and thoughts in this poem which is superbly crafted. Thanks. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/13/2008 11:53:00 PM)

    some alter-him, some other-her'

    I envy you for owning this verse. Not only a very commonplace thought has been very superbly versified I also see experiments in a very advanced form of verse; as Frank puts is 'keep that pen pumpin''

    Hugs lady

    rehan
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  • (5/12/2008 5:02:00 PM)

    I really like your ability to create such amazing imagery within your creations.
    I have noticed this on a few of your pieces and its very effective...Stunning! ! !

    Best wishes
    Jon.
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  • (5/10/2008 12:32:00 PM)

    nice work done here.
    good piece.. i liked it..
    keep going
    :)
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  • (5/6/2008 2:52:00 PM)

    This poem at least is a diamond. Your language is really powerful and rich in associations. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 4, 2008



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