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My Cousins Named Dino

And now, who 'dis?

By Luksi BayouPublished 28 days ago Updated 24 days ago 1 min read
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This is an entry in a poetry contest about dinosaurs.

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Way back in the before-times

The dinosaurs were our cousins

We used to have such fun together

Hanging out and playing the dozens.

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Then one day something hit the earth

The land got hotter and hotter

Our cousins tried to tough it out

But us turtle families, we headed for water.

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We figured out how to live in the ocean

Swimming, diving, eating seaweed

At first we thought we’d drown or starve

But the ocean had everything we’d need.

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We laid our eggs in nests on beaches

Our babies learned to crawl

From nest to ocean, they figured it out

Instinct, I think it’s called.

Photo by Luksi Bayou at Costa Rica Nosara Ostional 2023

So, while the dinosaurs went extinct

Sad as that was to see

We turtles figured out a way

To migrate from land to sea.

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We’re sea turtles now, swimming along

Thriving for millions of years

But then humans arrived, creating problems for us

And all of our sea-going peers.

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If you humans could, please, stop with the trash

Stop contaminating the home we all share

The air, the sea, the land, and space

Or we’ll all go extinct. You need to care.

Photo provided by NOAA.gov -- a sea turtle entangled with balloon debris

We used to have millions of sea turtles

Now our numbers are dwindling to few

And our peers in the ocean are dying as well

Humans, pay attention: Big Clue!

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Please clean up your mess. You know what to do

With your brains you can find a solution

It’s crucial that humans all work together

Or extinction will be the conclusion.

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71% of the earth is water

Marine life keeps humans alive

If you break the earth beyond repair

Like the dinosaurs, you won’t survive.

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Turtles have evolved over 100 million years

Humans, just 300,000 years or so

The dinosaurs are gone, and we all may be next

So if you don’t know, now you know.

Photo by Scopio at TheNounProject.com -- used with permission

References:

(1) https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/endoceanseaturtles/

(2) https://www.earthhistory.org.uk/transitional-fossils/origin-of-turtles

(3) https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/what-can-you-do-save-sea-turtles

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Luksi Bayou

Luksi Bayou (she/her) writes fiction inspired by lived experiences. Sometimes she also writes about data. More stories on Medium: https://tinyurl.com/ys27mm7x

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Comments (5)

  • Reiley22 days ago

    After having just sponsored a nest of sea turtles here in Florida, I love your perspective with this!

  • Samson E. Gifted26 days ago

    i love your work and its nicely written. keep up the good work, luksi

  • This broke my heart so much 🥺 Humans are certainly the worst species to ever exist. Loved your poem!

  • Novel Allen27 days ago

    The many ways we preach to ourselves to care about the world if we want to keep it going. Only 50% really listen, i hope it is more not less. Great advice in your poem.

  • Andrea Corwin 28 days ago

    OMG, this is so good, everyone must read it!! We are kindred souls with saving the environment! Loved this!!💕💓

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