An Elegy for Dinosaurs Now Gone by Art Elser

A flaming asteroid from darkest space

crashes into the sea near Yucatan.

It hits at fifty thousand miles an hour

and causes earthquakes, huge tsunami waves,

a supersonic blast of burning gas

that flies across the surface of the earth,

and ancient forests and savannahs burn.

A giant cloud of shattered rock and dirt

erupts into the sky and blocks the sun.

The rage of fire and chill of prolonged cold

kills off the mighty dinosaurs and leaves

the Earth to try mammalian life this time.

Don’t grieve. For dinosaurs exist today

in dreams of little boys with whom they play.

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Categories: Issue 2 - Spring 2012, Periodicals, Poetry | Tags: | Leave a comment

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