Diane Hine

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

Human - Poem by Diane Hine

A deviation split our primate past
and catalysed the rise of modern man.
Inquirers scan a triple epoch span
to piece together how it came to pass:
A sentry's vision, thanks to an upright stance,
a language sharp enough to share a plan,
a hoard of weapons tooled by strong-thumbed hands
and fire, the coup de grâce, the master blast.
But one essential foible antecedes
this suite of skills and moved us to escape
our cousins' fate: an unappeasable need
and will to engineer our future state.
Inherent restiveness sufficed to seed
triumphant man, the discontented ape.

Form: sonnet

Comments about Human by Diane Hine

  • Mark Walters (7/23/2012 7:33:00 PM)

    Do our strong thumbed hands disconnect us further as we proceed iphones in hand? (Report) Reply

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  • Mark Walters (7/23/2012 7:32:00 PM)

    Do our iphones disconnect us further, with our strong thumbed hands? Funny poem, thanks,

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  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/5/2012 10:23:00 PM)

    Impressive display of that fine-line 'tween frre & prosaic verse...Mellifluous stuctural movement affords your audience a pleasureable read.... Kudo's on this pen-gem ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (7/5/2012 12:46:00 PM)

    Another great write, and I am also not convinced that from a savage world we made escape. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (7/5/2012 10:07:00 AM)

    This was great,
    I did not need a dictionary or a physics book.
    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
    Pirate Girl is giggling pointing at me.
    No, I am simply a discontented pirate.
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  • (7/5/2012 9:36:00 AM)

    Ah the sonnet of hominin ascent! Sentient and flagrant to the Kingdom Animalae gradual then striding save a few near extinction setbacks, but on we go and foot print grows and from our mother disconnect. Until finally we are the scene the digital on off power of the anthropocene a propagator of extinctions not for an epoch seen, and yet great promise within each seed an essence to ascend and cultivate star fields. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (7/4/2012 6:51:00 PM)

    How true! ! ! enjoyed v much from another discontented ape (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, September 14, 2014

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