Diane Hine

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

Enceladus - Poem by Diane Hine

In Sicily.....
Enceladus, surly spear-wounded giant,
stalwart of Saturn's court, broods under lock.
When ire overwhelms he coughs ash, moans defiance
spits toxic resentment, weeps molten rock.

In Space.....
Enceladus, planet Saturn's brightest moon,
sprints seven miles per second ‘round his captor -
the massive puffed, yellow-buff gas balloon
but wobbles as if hooked by a one-clawed raptor.

He whips past his sister moons, scarred Dione
and pocked Tethys in a frenzied orbital race.
Saturn's affectionate attendant cronies
pull with a fly-by, gut-churning embrace.

Ice-shelled Enceladus roils at the core;
fissures and resurfaces his shining skin.
From chasms, cryovolcanic geysers soar
and paint the nebulous ice-crystal E ring.

He's wrenched, twisted and warped - the treatment's rough,
but renders heat through internal commotion.
Enceladus has all the fundamental stuff
to foster life in an under-ice ocean.

Meanwhile....
beneath Mt. Etna, Enceladus the Gruff,
his earthbound counterpart, protests his demotion.


Comments about Enceladus by Diane Hine

  • Cee Bea (11/4/2014 5:48:00 AM)


    I discovered Enceladus first at Ciclops, then wiki, now here... all hold many merits. Thank you for sharing this (Report) Reply

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  • (2/8/2013 7:01:00 AM)


    A great write Diane, who knows what aquatic greeblies awaits a future ice drilling submarine robotic diver probe. I loved the geographic and mythological jealousy. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (2/1/2013 9:47:00 AM)


    Interesting write Diane, well done. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (2/1/2013 7:14:00 AM)


    The 'orbitual race' of Enceladus is wonderfully described with the discovery that in its ice ocean, it has everything congenial for fostering life! ! Diana, with your vast fund of knowledge, you become a teacher to all of us! ! A great write! ! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (1/31/2013 6:45:00 PM)


    NASA's Cassini robot spacecraft has shown that Enceladus has liquid water, hydrocarbons and a thin atmosphere.To answer T.A.R.'s question would require further expeditions. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 30, 2013


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