Hard As Diamond #DVersePoets

It takes 725,000 pounds per square inch

to transform carbon to diamond.

Pressure forces the atoms to crystallise

which sounds fragile in truth,

like spun sugar, beautiful, but soluble.


Yet they hitchhike magma flows,

erupt without warning

land where they may.

The sort of precious

men kill for.


Rough cut they are still priceless.



they still remember being carbon.




  1. Hmmm. Interesting to think diamonds remember being carbon, when they “live” in such rarefied atmosphere! Interesting thought.

  2. I always enjoyed the fantasy the Superman could squeeze a lump of coal into a diamond. Of course the cost of diamonds and their availability is carefully controlled by Hallmark and the diamond merchants.

  3. I far prefer diamonds in the ground to diamonds on a ring or bracelet. I love your diamond poem, Carol, especially the lines:
    ‘…they hitchhike magma flows,
    erupt without warning
    land where they may.
    The sort of precious
    men kill for’
    they still remember being carbon.’
    The song that came to my mind was Joan Baez’s ‘Diamonds and Rust’.

    1. That’s not a song I’m familiar with but I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the poem. It’s been a bit of trial writing poems since I published the book, it’s almost like I forgot how they work.

  4. What was that Graham Parker song? “Passion Is No Ordinary Word,” and diamonds don’t get there chillin’ and swillin’. Poems are similarly challenged, don’t you think?

  5. I love this poem. Reminds me of Herkimer diamonds, which I love precisely because of their impurities. I have a loose one with bits of carbon within, yet it is still so beautiful.

    1. A little imperfection often adds to art. Perfection is so often striven for, but honestly it can make something feel fake and replicated. Impurities are part of life.

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