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Thank You, Stegosaurus

for everything

By angela hepworthPublished 30 days ago Updated 28 days ago 4 min read
Top Story - May 2024

when I was four, I knew you for the first time

I could see you so clearly

the Stegosaurus

your name was among the first I ever knew

out of all of the dinosaurs

and I instantly loved you

in my mind, you were kind and caring

and you loved to talk to me

you weren’t scary like the Tyrannosaurus

and I liked that about you

I wondered to myself

if any T-rex ever made fun of you

for being so peaceful and gentle

the way the boys in my class

who loved the mean Tyrannosaurus

made fun of me

and it made me feel connected to you

you and I ran together

through the landscape of my mind

we played and rolled around together in the grass

we were best friends, you and I

I went with you wherever you would go

I crawled on all fours to emulate you

I chewed foul tasting leaves with my mouth hanging wide open

and pretended I loved the taste as much as you did

eventually, I convinced myself I had

when I was six, we were out together playing

me and my best Stegosaurus friend

and one day, I touched the plates on your back

and asked you what they were for

but you never told me

you never spoke to me at all after that day

maybe I hurt your feelings by asking

maybe you were embarrassed of those plates

maybe you didn’t know what they were there for

but I didn’t know, either

it was okay—you didn’t have to know

you didn’t have to feel stupid for it

like I did

when I was nine, I knew I wanted to be a writer

and that became more important than anything

even you, Stegosaurus

but you were still important to me

we were still friends

and I still loved you

so I wrote you into my stories

I think you became a little less real, then

than you had been in my mind

but I could still see you clearly

the plates on your back, the spikes on your tail

your slow, steady walk on all fours

the plants you ate, the lands you grazed

but in my stories, you were alone

I wasn’t beside you on my human hands and knees

because I couldn’t be

I was embarrassed to be

not embarrassed of you, Stegosaurus

but of myself

I seemed so much less significant

being there next to you

even as your friend

so by the power of my own pencil

I made myself disappear from our story

and it became your story instead

I let myself fade away from you

I let you take the wheel

I let you stomp the earth by storm

by the time I was eleven, I was a chronic reader

I got caught reading a book about you

(I didn’t know you were a reptile, Stegosaurus

you never told me that)

in my fifth grade classroom

and for some reason

my stomach sank when my teacher held it up

for all to see

I stared at the Tyrannosaurus on the cover

as it was all I could do

you kids still love your dinosaurs, she said

and the classroom bellowed with laughter

when I was thirteen, I stopped thinking about you

not because I didn’t care about you, Stegosaurus

I just didn’t know you anymore

now that I understood you

I couldn’t know you like I used to

I didn’t hear you

I didn’t see you

I knew all there was to know about you

I learned that no T-rex ever made fun of you

because you never even existed

at the same time as them

you never made it that far

I no longer loved you like I used to

I no longer defended your small brain

or your kindness

I let you go completely

I let you slip from our playtime, our stories

I let you fade into a memory

of something that formed me

(even though deep down, I didn’t want to

deep down, I wanted to play with you again)

but I couldn’t pay those thoughts any mind

because more than anything now

I wanted to be a grown up, Stegosaurus

and grown ups don’t care about dinosaurs

when I turned twenty-two a week ago

I was going through old things

when I found the book about you

with the big Tyrannosaurus on the cover

I huffed a laugh

he always gets the spotlight, I thought

both him and you

so I thought about you again

and a warmth spread in my chest

like the hot sun beaming down on my spirit

I realized something for the first time—

adults do care about dinosaurs, I thought

of course they do

how could they not?

adults are the reason we know about dinosaurs

without them

we would have a world full of oblivious children

that would have never been able to play with you

to write stories about you

to imagine you

or make you their best friend

I opened the book in my lap

and smiled down at you

and it felt like smiling down at my younger self

thank you, Stegosaurus

for inspiring me in my youth

for letting me make a home of you

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About the Creator

angela hepworth

Hello! I’m Angela and I love writing fiction—sometimes poetry if I’m feeling frisky. I delve into the dark, the sad, the silly, the sexy, and the stupid. Come check me out!

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Comments (35)

  • Dharanidharan T about 5 hours ago

    Nice 👍 I like this story, keep rocking.

  • JBaz7 days ago

    Wow, you took me on a ride. From youthful innocence to growing up and letting go of your inner child. Great entry and the best of luck to you

  • Adonide Bones14 days ago

    That was absolutely beautiful! Reminded me of my own childhood and my fascination for dinosaurs. I love how the stegosaurus came back into your life in the form of your prose. You write beautifully and indeed, gave your friend the home they deserve. Wonderful work

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  • Dawnxisoul393art18 days ago

    Dear Angela, your poem beautifully captures the innocence and wonder of childhood, where the Stegosaurus played a significant role in your young imagination. The way you vividly describe your connection with this gentle dinosaur evokes a sense of pure and genuine affection. The comparison between the Stegosaurus and the intimidating Tyrannosaurus showcases your appreciation for kindness and peace, qualities that resonated with you even at a young age. The poem also touches upon the relatable theme of feeling different or misunderstood, drawing a parallel between your own experiences and the imagined possibility of the Stegosaurus facing similar challenges among the dinosaurs. This reflection adds depth to the poem and invites empathy from the reader. Your gratitude towards the Stegosaurus for inspiring you and providing a sense of comfort and belonging is heartfelt. It speaks to the power of imagination and the impact that certain figures or symbols can have on shaping our identities and fostering creativity. Overall, your poem beautifully captures a nostalgic moment of appreciation and gratitude, blending elements of innocence, imagination, and personal reflection. It reminds us of the profound influence that even fictional creatures can have on our lives, sparking inspiration and creating a sense of belonging. Thank you for sharing this heartfelt piece. Our daughter is 4 years old now. She likes to draw dinosaur graffiti, including Tyrannosaurus Rex and Stegosaurus, but she hates Tyrannosaurus Rex because she thinks Tyrannosaurus Rex will eat other dinosaurs. She said it was a bad dinosaur, but she liked Stegosaurus very much, because it was a rare herbivorous dinosaur among dinosaurs and had a mild nature. She said it was a good dinosaur. A few days ago, we just made a video on YouTube to discuss our daughter's graffiti about dinosaurs. We put the link here and very welcome you to visit our YouTube, which has four channels with different topics. https://youtu.be/OkGKuUhX8Ms

  • jameel Nawaz18 days ago

    Beautiful

  • Patrick M. Ohana22 days ago

    Congrats on a highly merited Top Story and good luck in the Challenge : )

  • Novel Allen24 days ago

    You cover pic is lovely, your story just as lovely. Congrats on TS.

  • Shirley Belk26 days ago

    Great poem...loved it. Congratulations on your Top Story

  • Congrats! Love the image you used!

  • Murali28 days ago

    Congratulations, you've done a great job!

  • Gloria Penelope28 days ago

    WOW! best job Angela. Congratulations on top story!

  • Kodah28 days ago

    Beautifully written! Well-done Angela! Deservedly so congrats on top story!! 💌🥳🎉🥳🎉

  • Lamar Wiggins28 days ago

    I had a great time reading this, Angela. congrats!

  • Your poem beautifully intertwines elements of gratitude and wonder, weaving a tapestry of appreciation for the ancient and majestic Stegosaurus. From the opening lines, you transported me to a world where prehistoric creatures roamed, and your vivid descriptions brought the Stegosaurus to life in my mind's eye. What struck me most about your poem was the sense of reverence and admiration you conveyed for this magnificent creature. Through your words, I could feel the awe and wonder that you experienced in the presence of the Stegosaurus, and it left a profound impression on me. Furthermore, your poetic craftsmanship is truly commendable. The rhythm and flow of your verses, coupled with your rich imagery and evocative language, created a mesmerizing reading experience that I won't soon forget. Thank you for sharing your talent and creativity with the world through your writing. "Thank You, Stegosaurus" is a testament to your ability to capture the beauty and majesty of the natural world in all its glory. I look forward to exploring more of your work and discovering the wonders that you continue to unearth through your poetry. Warm regards, Dr. Jay

  • Babs Iverson28 days ago

    Loved it!!! Congratulations on Top Story!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Andrea Corwin 28 days ago

    Oh such a sweet piece!! He loves you back and congratulations on TS! 👏🎊

  • Sara EL GUESSABI28 days ago

    I read your story can you read my story I'm a begginer in this plateform and I need some support plz thanks a lot 🙏

  • Caroline Craven28 days ago

    Oof. This was so touching. Great writing Angela and a smashing top story to boot.

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Rachel Deeming28 days ago

    S.K. Wilson - ditto. I had this vision of little Angela in my head as I read it. Charming.

  • The Dani Writer28 days ago

    Story poems are the coolest! Congratulations Top Story-an!

  • Such an endearing and nostalgic piece I enjoyed it very much 👌👌🌟🌟✨✨

  • Christy Munson29 days ago

    Lovely! Congratulations on Top Story!!! 👏🏻

  • Paul Stewart29 days ago

    Okay...so not choking up at all about a Stegosaurus. This was beautiful and all kinds of pleasant sweet, Angela. I loved the progression...even though at points it made me sad...that innocence slowly fading as you grew up and loved how it all came together at the end. Well done one a great entry and congrats on Top Story - you deserve it!

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