Diane Hine

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

Hope And Edelweiss* - Poem by Diane Hine


I asked how far? How soon? How long?
Lucretius said ‘Relax, we're near'.
The last day of our trek dragged on.
I couldn't eat or rest for fear.

We tramped through fixed and moving green.
We watched for silent hidden things;
the shy or sly which blend unseen.
Small birds shot through on gaudy wings.

I'd watched him bid for my release.
The Chief deployed a stubborn mien,
until Lucretius grudgingly
revealed a small gold figurine.

The first two days he hardly spoke;
I know he'd traded something prized.
But then a laugh abruptly broke
as if regret were cauterized.

An eon passed and we arrived.
I ran the intervening span.
Then like some wild thing long deprived
I found and hugged and kissed my man.

We steamed home on our ship ‘Foursquare'.
Her hold was packed with coffee beans
and Rosewood's fragrance cloyed the air,
but we preferred the fresh salt breeze.

For Edelweiss, I'm quite concerned.
She said she'd stay a while until.....
I worry she might not return.
The Captain says he's worried she will.


Trade one hot day for one cool night
inside this airy white net cave.
The spinning Earth's bipartite rite -
the hot green light - the long cool night.
Indulgent as a Sybarite
who lingers when she cannot waive
one hot green day for one cool night
inside this airy white net cave.


I'm an adorable surprise.
Daddy says I tyrannize.
My hair is long and hangs down.
Mummy says it's every shade of brown.
I'm small but good at climbing trees.
My little brother is already as tall as me.
We play make-believe.
Then we have our bath and tea.
Afterwards I've still got light brown knees.
Daddy's a Captain and a shipping magnet.
He's very brave.
My name's Margaret
but he says I'm his Margay.

P.S. Mummy says Daddy's really a shipping MAGNATE but that she thinks he's a magnet too.

Topic(s) of this poem: friendship

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Poems in this series are marked with an *
Edelweiss Petty and Hope make a Seaside Discovery
Captain Bryce in Tasmania
A Letter to England
Edelweiss finds L. In the Amazon
Hope (a rondeau)
Sestina: Captain Bryce in the Amazon
Lucretius and the Anteater
Hope and Edelweiss

Comments about Hope And Edelweiss* by Diane Hine

  • Valsa George (1/28/2013 6:24:00 AM)

    Thus the curtain has fallen on an eventful escapade! We have been travelling along the coast of Amazon through the green, watching rare species of animals and plants! Altogether it was a pleasant odyssey! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Valerie Dohren (1/25/2013 10:53:00 AM)

    Great writing Diane. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2013 8:28:00 AM)

    A fantastic poem, like it. Really great work. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2013 7:34:00 AM)

    so much information! nice to read about Edelweiss and the mummy daddy magnets! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 25, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 8, 2014

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