A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.
Trite though it be, this compact little gem seems very apt at present. My father – 88 in a few days – is trying to avoid having to go to hospital. My daughter, on the other hand, has recently made several attempts on her own life …
…….. In a flash, at a trumpet crash,
I am all at once what Christ is, ‘ since he was what I am, and
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, ‘ patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,
Is immortal diamond.
(from That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection by Gerard Manley Hopkins)