Dinosaur Dominion

The crook-winged gull in flight became

Quetzalcoatlus, while around me the

chalk downs effervesced and dissolved into

tiny creatures again swimming in

equatorial seas and

everywhere I looked I saw—

in the booted strut of the jackdaw, the

raptor sprint of blackbird, the

snap of beak round insect in flight, the

three-toed foot, the eggs, the

hunter’s beady eye—that the

dinosaur’s dominion,

400 million years old, lived on

in my garden.

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  • 1emeraldcity  On June 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    There is this abiding fascination and almost affection for all prehistoric beings..the raptor, Tyrannasaurus Rex, Brontasaurus and the rest…reminds me of James Michener a little where he writes these enormous fictional historical novels about a place, i.e. Hawaii, and starts out with a dinasaur peeing against a rock, and goes on to develop the entire history of Hawaii from there. Yes, I like this. And I like that it is personalized in someone’s garden.

  • daphnepurpus  On June 26, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I love all things dinosaur, but I really like this poem. It is unusual and I agree with 1emeraldcity that personalizing it in someone’s garden is a very powerful slant!

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