Diane Hine

Silver Star - 4,107 Points (25 July 1956)

Base Jumper (A Rondel) - Poem by Diane Hine

Poised at the BASE jump exit point
(Building, Antenna, Span or Earth)
he's scanned by thermal-riding birds
unruffled, nonchalantly buoyed

with quizzical eyes: Void? What void?
and in his mind he's well-rehearsed
poised at the BASE jump exit point.
Building, antenna, span or earth;

he's outgrown all his boyhood toys
scattered like down around his berth.
A breeze unties his mooring nerves,
his head's athump with bloody noise
poised at the BASE jump exit point.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

'Earth' usually refers to a cliff.
The exit point is the exact place from which a BASE jumper leaves the object.
BASE jumpers usually only carry one parachute, as there's not enough time to deploy a reserve.

Comments about Base Jumper (A Rondel) by Diane Hine

  • Gold Star - 24,732 Points Valsa George (8/22/2014 1:56:00 AM)

    A breeze unties his mooring nerves,
    his head's athump with bloody noise
    poised at the BASE jump exit point.

    What a tense moment for an average person! But this plunge for the well rehearsed mind is an exciting thrill! Beautifully captured! (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,733 Points Dinesh Nair (8/19/2014 8:47:00 AM)

    It is the first time I hear about such a sport and Diane, you have given a sketch of it in usual style. A good write.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,743 Points Daniel Brick (8/18/2014 8:09:00 AM)

    Yeats wrote a poem THE FASCINATION OF WHAT'S DIFFICULT in which he praises people who take on the challenging tasks. These jumpers you're writing about have a FASCINATION WITH WHAT'S DANGEROUS and it scares me. That's me, but they can confront the danger and embrace it. VOID? WHAT VOID? they dismiss what would paralyze me. Having OUTGROWN ALL HIS BOYHOOD TOYS he has to seek new thrills. You handle this rondel skillfully; the poem is tightly controlled like their nerves. It's convincing. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,427 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (8/11/2014 2:17:00 AM)

    I heard about this base junping `sport` on the radio. A frightening thing to do.I can well understand the head thumping nerves you write about. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,228 Points Thomas A Robinson (8/10/2014 8:19:00 PM)

    While I sure it takes nerves of steel to jump.
    I would prefer nerves of bungee cords. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,228 Points Thomas A Robinson (8/10/2014 8:19:00 PM)

    While I sure it takes nerves of steel to jump.
    I would prefer nerves of bungee cords. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 9, 2014



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