Denouement: A Diamante*

fresh, new
opening, hoping, reaching,
start, pristine, tainted, decayed
closing, sulking, hunching,
old, tired

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Word Inspiration: Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies (Thank you, Sarah!)


A Diamante is a seven-lined contrast poem set up in a diamond shape.

Line 1: Noun or subject
Line 2: Two Adjectives describing the first noun/subject
Line 3: Three -ing words describing the first noun/subject
Line 4: Four words: two about the first noun/subject, two about the antonym/synonym
Line 5: Three -ing words about the antonym/synonym
Line 6: Two adjectives describing the antonym/synonym
Line 7: Antonym/synonym for the subject

39 thoughts on “Denouement”

  1. Sister, you use words in active forms to make the pace dynamic. Dynamic through the change from “opening” out to “closing” in. I wonder if you reversed the diamante, how everything might read. I’m not saying do that–the poem is striking as it is. I’m simply thinking about how the reverse procedure might come across in a poem. And in life.

    Sister, you are a jewel, especially in your work.

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