The Ballad of the Space Diamond

My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver #66: All that Glitters


She had the hardness and glitter

Of a diamond

But her heart had the softness

Of a pearl;

Under make-up, jewels and furs

She was still a little girl,

Not a tigress who growls and then purrs.

He had money and a rampant reputation

For breaking hearts and spilling blood,

Searching for the elusive precious

Jewel in deep mines of loneliness.

But diamonds are darkling magnets

For women of a certain kind,

Attracting gossip and rumour;

This kingpin didn’t seem to mind

As he pulled each sparkling socialite,

Those giggly, tipsy beauties,

Into a twirl

In the heady whirl

Of party society,

While he maintained sobriety,

Always on the look-out

For a flawless carbon allotrope,

Forgetting that such gems

Are multi-faceted.

He ditched so many

Two-faced bitches,

Made the headlines time and again,

Until one day,

Swimming in the reflection

Of a department store window,

A space diamond,

An alien beauty,

Smashed his glass world

With carat, colour, cut and clarity.

Straight from the Sun God

She fell into his willing hands,

A splinter from a falling star

That he had wished on from afar.

Stung by a diamond-tipped arrow,

He sent her expensive ice

Of all colours and sizes,

No matter the price.

It takes a diamond to scratch a diamond,

Break a heart that’s made of stone,

And after what seemed like a billion years,

The kingpin made her his own.

She was his amulet against danger,

His Lucy in the sky,

She made him indestructible,

She made his doubting heart fly.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016

The Ballad of the Space Diamond

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8 thoughts on “The Ballad of the Space Diamond

  1. Wow Kim! This is such a wonderful tale! 😀

    I really love how you’ve used the poetic form to let this story speak, and the use of certain terms that refer to diamonds – and how they are rated, classified, considered, etc. are worked in so seamlessly – unlike diamonds – this piece is flawless 😀

    The metaphors you’ve chosen are also wonderful – and this line in particular: But diamonds are darkling magnets – really struck me – what an idea – gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for sharing your response to the TW prompt this week 🙂

    Have a great day and weekend Kim 🙂

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    1. I’m delighted you like it 😁 I won’t be able to join in next week as I’m off to Italy for my daughter’s wedding, so have a wonderful week and I’ll be looking forward to another prompt when I return – as a mother-in-law!

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      1. well that certainly sounds like a most wonderful trip and memories in the making! and so, enjoy, be safe, travel well – and of course, treasure the time! And we’ll be looking forward to seeing you back at MLMM and in the blog-o-sphere generally. Happy travels Kim 😀

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  2. Wow! You have a gift and a talent that runs deep in this art of writing! I am bound to come across en-joyful reads here. Such a special blog to be at. – Cezane

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