Diane Hine

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

Earth And Moon - Poem by Diane Hine

When Hadean Earth was magma sea, an impact cleaved the Moon,
And eons since and eons hence, they dance in close commune.
The Earth has flourished under axis stabilizing boon,
The Moon's white face records a cannonade in craters strewn.

The Moon held tight and flooded night with light upon its birth,
Yet every year it draws away, the smallest finger's worth.
The Sun's and Moon's diameters and distance from the Earth,
Now perfectly in ratio, comparing length to girth.

The Moon appears the equal of the Sun in full eclipse,
The golden spray or ring it wears depending on ellipse.
Yet over time the Moon will fade and dwindle as it slips,
Beyond the weary, failing grip of Earth's fond fingertips.

Comments about Earth And Moon by Diane Hine

  • Daniel Brick (9/28/2014 2:23:00 PM)

    This is such an intimate poem about such huge objects! You make moon and earth so devoted to each other in a loving relationship, and yet the moon is continually slipping away. Why? Well, that's an issue for science to resolve, but that almost unconscious slipping away is a mysterious feature of many human love stories. To my mind, this poem qualifies as a modern myth. Ancient myth as we know is always an interplay of nature and humanity, and your poem, informed by modern science, shows planetary objects in a human drama of attraction and separation. (Report) Reply

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  • Valsa George (8/11/2012 4:53:00 AM)

    Sagacious..... Loaded with scientific information..... not dull but captivating.....! lyrical and rhythmic....! ! . something very rare.... so very unique! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Thyris Taylor (7/12/2012 2:51:00 AM)

    I really enjoyed this poem Diane because it was like getting on a Spaceship with you and traveling into outer space, closer to the action. Then it shows us the spectable of the dance between Earth, Moon, and the Sun. Perhaps more important it reminds us that we are in the dance. As Mr. Spock would say fascinating! (Report) Reply

  • Rajendran Muthiah (6/8/2012 2:25:00 AM)

    Wonderful Science Poem. Fear grips us to know that the moon will go off the pull of the earth. (Report) Reply

  • Hans Vr (6/1/2012 2:18:00 AM)

    Somthing so intriguing, so well expressed here in these melodious verses.
    I am, perhaps like most of us, a moon lover, a sun lover, an earth lover.
    I thorougly enjoyed the poem
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  • (5/29/2012 12:57:00 PM)

    And the first line..learned something I never knew! That's something when you can ingest poems and be learning at the same time. ;) (Report) Reply

  • (5/29/2012 12:57:00 PM)

    This is so much genius and ooh! what a concluding line! (Report) Reply

  • (5/28/2012 4:10:00 AM)

    They do the syzygy dance with the sun as well...very nice ending fond fingertips...rergards (Report) Reply

  • (5/25/2012 8:35:00 AM)

    The storey of lunar science in perfect rhyme and meter. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (5/24/2012 7:07:00 AM)

    Great description of the combined forces of the earth and the moon. (Report) Reply

  • Bulletcookie 2017 (5/23/2012 11:56:00 PM)

    The powerful forces of nature in your words survive, Diane! (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (5/23/2012 10:54:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem indeed.Congratulation dear poet.

    In invite you to read my poem and comment.
    Gajanan Mishra
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  • Captain Cur (5/23/2012 8:38:00 PM)

    Well I will confide to you Diane, that the ole Cap't has been
    mooned in full eclipse by some very uncouth seamen.
    I loved the flow of this poem and the ending is magnificent.
    Let's hope none of us see that day!
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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