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Poemosaurus Rex Challenge

By Penny FullerPublished 25 days ago β€’ 1 min read
Runner-up in Poemosaurus Rex Challenge
Photo by Simon Infanger on Unsplash


you tell me

you are a baryonyx-

slender-nosed, crocodilian,

a dense-boned, fin-spined predator

who hunts the

deep, lightless watery


Do you choose this


it can see

the near-invisible that resides


within the bioluminescent realm?

Perhaps you wish to wave your webbed claws

beneath the surface

of the unspoken-

light up the answers

like plankton

when you cannot see

the changes in emotion

that subtly alter a room

without a word.


Last month

you were euoplocephalus


on back tail

ready to bludgeon

or protect.

On days that you returned

from school

freshly teased and still friendless

I watched you retreat

into stone-hard plate armor,

a prehistoric armadillo

swinging a tail

of verbal hurt

as if the centrifugal force

would pull the sadness

away from your heart

and into your extremities.


Most of us,

you tell me

are birds now,

several generations of species

evolved away from dinosaurs.

We are capable of finding secret messages in

a flash of scarlet plumage

or the warble of a springtime call

at dawn.

But you are not feathered

and you are missing the vocal cords

to communicate

in ethereal treetop song.


and others diagnosed

like you-

are still sauropod

locked in a timeline

where asteroids never came.

As you graze among the towering tree ferns

in the humid, dragonfly-filled evening,

I watch you hope with held breath

that one of the times

you fill the space around you

with words of detailed, precise, passionate fact

instead of vague, amoebic feeling

you will find a friend

of scale and claw

who can respond.

Until then, I gather information

from bygone millennia

I fill my head and notebook with answers

to your million questions

and seek the information

that unlocks your smile.

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Penny Fuller

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Lover of fiction writing and reading. Aspiring global nomad. Woman in science. Most at home in nature. Working my way to an unconventional life, story by story and poem by poem.

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Comments (28)

  • Kate Kastelberg 7 days ago

    Beautiful use of scientific jargon juxtaposed with sensory detail

  • Denelsia Walker7 days ago

    Congratulations πŸŽ‰πŸ‘πŸΏπŸ’•πŸ€—

  • Shirley Belk7 days ago


  • Babs Iverson7 days ago

    Fantastic!!! Congratulations on the runner up win!Β°πŸ’•β€οΈβ€οΈ

  • Cathy holmes7 days ago


  • Oh yes, what a lovely way to show the dinosaurs on display teaching us about them πŸ€©πŸ’–

  • D.K. Shepard7 days ago

    Congrats on Runner-up, Penny!!

  • Fantastic writing.

  • shanmuga priya22 days ago

    Congratulations πŸŽ‰

  • JBaz23 days ago

    What a beautiful and informative way of learning. This was well written and you gave us such a wonderful ending Congratulations

  • Congratulations on your top story.

  • F Cade Swanson23 days ago

    This is so beautiful.

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! πŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠ

  • Christy Munson23 days ago

    Intriguing! Congratulations on Top Story πŸ₯³πŸ™Œ

  • Educational and the form of the poem makes me see a dinosaur skeleton. Great challenge entry

  • Margaret Brennan24 days ago

    incredible. reminds me of how my mom spoke to me when she encouraged me to begin writing (I was about 5 years old). "Today, you're a cat lying on the floor. What are you thinking?" She made my imagination what it is. Yes, this excellent poem brings back memories.

  • Gorgeous

  • Kendall Defoe 24 days ago

    Okay, I was charmed and impressed!

  • Natasha Collazo24 days ago

    This got better each time I read it. I’ll be shocked if someone can top this πŸ˜‚

  • Natasha Collazo24 days ago

    This was so damn good.

  • angela hepworth24 days ago

    Amazing entry! Loved it.

  • Cathy holmes24 days ago

    This is a fantastic entry. Congrats on the TS.

  • D.K. Shepard25 days ago

    The closing lines were so poignant and beautiful! So much heart in this!

  • I especially loved the ending! Fantastic poem!

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