Diane Hine

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

Hyperion And Phoebe (Saturn's Moons) - Poem by Diane Hine


Mimas averts his cyclopean eye
from dewy Enceladus, who weeps salt tears,
tended by Tethys, Dione and Rhea.
I think their vying fondness makes him cry.
Titan's self-absorbed in thick orange sky,
and then (heh heh) , I modestly appear.
I must twist to see who brings up the rear;
that's white Iapetus blotted black I spy.

I know who daubed him kitsch but I won't snitch;
whose cloak has spread a deep red ghostly ring:
You, Phoebe - our captive nomad - dark as pitch.
I see you flying and the dust you fling,
you non-conforming, counter-orbiting witch.
I'd visit if I could, the path you wing.


Hyperion, pretender, misfit, chump.
Look at your proud siblings, seven plump moons.
They're solid spheres. You're a porous buffoon.
Show some resilience. Don't cave. Don't slump.
Why, you look like Neptune's old sea sponge.
Is Saturn's elite commune a curse or boon?
You won't see me - dark as a fossilized prune.
You pitted potato. You shrunken lump.

Your siblings never turn from Saturn's gaze.
Why don't you skittle crabwise like the rest?
You tilt and spin in odd chaotic ways.
You show me all your sides. You're self-possessed.
I can't predict your turns. You dance a maze.
Hyperion, I'm obsessed. I love you best.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

The contrast in Iapetus may be caused by sublimation of volatiles from Phoebe's dust, rather than just the dust itself.

Comments about Hyperion And Phoebe (Saturn's Moons) by Diane Hine

  • (3/19/2013 6:19:00 PM)

    A stimulating and amusing read, the only other celestial satellite of Saturn’s that I am overtly familiar with is Titan, and Rhea so this was both artistic and educational, as ever Diane you are a synthesis of the rational and artist. However I still think Titan is the best (Report) Reply

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  • (2/4/2013 8:33:00 AM)

    A sublime piece. Erudite and entertaining! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, February 2, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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