Diane Hine

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

The Width Of The World - Poem by Diane Hine

I drilled a tunnel
which spanned the width of the world
and grazed its iron core.
The southern constellations lit my night.
I aligned my telescope and saw
pale daylight.

I lined my tunnel
with insulating frictionless gunk.
Sometimes I jump.
The Coriolis force spirals my ride.
I accelerate, decelerate, accelerate, decelerate,
stop and step out on the other side.
The locals say hello.

I made a ladder
from seven thousand, nine hundred woven letters
stretched into miles.
Sometimes I climb down and step off halfway.
Beside Earth's heart
gravity pulls as gently as an inhalation
and weight falls away.

I angled mirrors,
two at each end, four in all.
Light skids around the glossy walls.
On my left the sun sets and on my right dawn breaks
simultaneously.
I float in a rose and apricot phase.
This is where I read poetry.

Topic(s) of this poem: poetry


Comments about The Width Of The World by Diane Hine

  • (3/19/2013 6:32:00 PM)


    If being at the center of the world gives you access to such a rich imagination unrivaled by anyone else, let it be your thrown, my favorite has to be the third stanza, so rich and clever, I think Im in an apricot phase, thanks to you (Report) Reply

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  • (2/14/2013 6:13:00 AM)


    The high tech chip in the brain can certainly come up with poetry with a difference and you tunnel of love and life makes the grade ending in a floating heaven reading poetry, only way to travel...regards (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (2/10/2013 2:37:00 AM)


    Unique! How your brain dwells on subjects so far unperceived while most of us cling on to topics over discussed and made obsolete! I visualize you sitting in a tunnel like 'a mole' pacing up and down watching sunrise and sunset simultaneously and 'munching' poems! ! So very interesting! ! (Report) Reply

  • (2/8/2013 8:39:00 AM)


    Oh! What a beautiful imagination! I loved the way the poem is rendered and was with you from the time you drilled the tunnel till where you read the poetry! MAGNIFICENT! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (2/8/2013 4:54:00 AM)


    Science and romance combined - beautiful Diane. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 7, 2015


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