Diane Hine

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

Extreme[ly] Puzzling - Poem by Diane Hine

Ensconced amid a disarray,
five thousand puzzle pieces spread,
Hot summer holiday in play,
waves penetrate in infrared.

Cross-legged on the lino floor,
rapt gaze and scrabbling fingertips,
Vivaldi's gelid 'Winter' score
and ice cubes cool the mind and lips.

Uncoupled marble columns roam,
pale architraves and arches swim,
Panini's ‘Views of Modern Rome'
accretes fragmentally in rim.

Full stretch, piece misapplied, retried
in equipoise on hand and knee,
Old gathering instincts satisfied,
inherited proclivity.

Shake cramping muscles, stiffened joints
find wayward pieces stuck to skin,
Perspectives change with fresh viewpoints
attenuated links begin.

This scene, Panini painted thrice,
pay homage to tenacity,
With delicate refined device
and view in view veracity.

Five thousand interlock in place,
once done, perused, dismissed, undone.
The happy life with measured pace,
It matters not, that nothing's won.


Comments about Extreme[ly] Puzzling by Diane Hine

  • Yash Shinde (10/25/2012 4:30:00 AM)


    all pieces arranged carefully to reaveal a great poem! ! ! well done good job mam (Report) Reply

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  • Captain Cur (6/1/2012 6:22:00 AM)


    I liked the way you wove in the human aspects, ice cubes cool the mind and lips, stiffened joints, a correlation between human complexity and the puzzle. The ending beautifully written and unsatisfying like the completion of the puzzle. Keep striving for bigger challenges. (Report) Reply

  • Saadat Tahir (6/1/2012 4:49:00 AM)


    nice write in celebration of a now receding past time...fB, twitter, forum...so much to do with so little return......like caged hominids we are generating clicks for a corporate cultured brain who has spread his pages far and wide.

    a great write in celebration of a lovely past time, done very well indeed.

    :)
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  • (5/31/2012 11:27:00 PM)


    Elegantly pieced together as usual, Dear Diane! (Report) Reply

  • (5/30/2012 11:48:00 PM)


    A great tribute to the jig saw puzzle and the time and patience required to give it the time it requires as you cross the event horizon of real time and while away the new time of seemingly endless but alarmingly finite and precious recreational time to become one with the puzzle, a piece, a placer of pieces, a restorer of fragmented images. Another fine write, a crucial piece from the poetic puzzle which is Diane Hine. Not really a puzzle because each can be read and interpreted, but that fact however does not serve our purposes of metaphor here. :) (Report) Reply

  • (5/30/2012 11:04:00 PM)


    very simple Diane Hine, Pick all those border pieces, join together and then sort out slowly. (Report) Reply

  • William F Dougherty (5/30/2012 11:53:00 AM)


    Re: puzzle analogy-A salute to your respect and deft control of nuanced language. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (5/30/2012 6:38:00 AM)


    Great poem Diane, can just picture you sitting there doing your puzzle. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 30, 2012


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