Diane Hine

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

Neutralize - Poem by Diane Hine

In cluttered heads where worries lie
amid the harmless reveries,
A myriad of troubles vie
with varying degrees of pleas.

The winning ones reclassify
the rest as trivialities,
But lest such dreads intensify
cool heads employ penned strategies.

Self medicate with lullaby,
indulge poetic fantasies,
Let rhyme and rhythm overfly
or sample free verse subtleties;
A friend had a great idea for a game. He said-
'Well, you give everyone a suit of armour and a hockey stick',
'And what are the rules'? I asked,
'What rules'? he replied,
'I see', I said.

In lines of warp and weft I'll ply
a blanket of absurdities,
And thereby try to stifle my
hierarchical anxieties.


Comments about Neutralize by Diane Hine

  • Valsa George (7/25/2012 3:36:00 AM)


    Yes, creative writing can not only neutralize but also stifle and annihilate all our worries and anxieties as our mind flaps on wings of fancy to far forlorn lands of calm and bliss! A nice write! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (5/29/2012 12:46:00 PM)


    Wow what a poem. And I admit, I kinda like the 'game' with armor and hockey sticks..my bad, lol..
    but those last two verses are full of beauty.
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  • Johnathan Juarez (5/29/2012 8:26:00 AM)


    inspiring, and it has a nice freedom to it. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (5/28/2012 7:52:00 AM)


    I wish it was possible to neutralize our anxieties, but try as we may they always take the spotlight. Good one Diane, and expressed in such a novel way. (Report) Reply

  • (5/28/2012 3:46:00 AM)


    In the olden days one would have wondered whether to stress, or not to stress, or to lie down and take a Bex! Nowadays one has but to medicate from a plethora of offerings, all toxic if consumed on mass a mortal solution could sate; or make a cuppa and just chill out, with 4 Tim Tams on a plate. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 27, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, November 2, 2012


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