To Die For


At the site of a meteorite strike

untamed pressure turns carbon

into unalterable stone

that men shed blood for,

subdued by capitalism;

Either a bearer of glory

or a proper cutting tool

of geochemistry;


I overpower.

I tame,

a testament to light and time,

the pursuit of happiness

and drunken immortality.

© Alicia Khoo

NaPoWriMo Day 9

The word ‘diamond’ derives from ancient Greek adamao, meaning ‘I tame’ or ‘I subdue’ or the related word adamas, which means ‘hardest steel’ or ‘hardest substance’.