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The 8-month kitten in my house turned into a T-Rex

A Golden Shovel Poem

By Bri CraigPublished about a month ago Updated 19 days ago 1 min read
Picture from the Meowington's Blog

The 8-month kitten in my house turned into a T-Rex

A golden shovel

“We all have a dinosaur deep within us just trying to get out.”

- Colin Mochire

Our kitten’s ears fell off first. Then, we

weren’t sure what to make of it when all

his hair was replaced by scales. Have

you ever seen a cat turn into a



He upturned the water glass with deep

disdain. There is a roaring within

his body – it sounds like purring to us.

He knocks over my cereal bowl just

to hear the fossils clatter. He is trying

to find a novel species of prey to

pillage, or a new vertebrate to get

his teeth into. (But I am worn out.)



Author notes:

For those who may not know, a golden shovel is a poetic form created by Terrance Hayes where a poem borrows a line or quote from elsewhere and uses each word of that quote sequentially as the concluding word for each line of the poem. In this poem, I used the words of the quote, “We all have a dinosaur deep within us just trying to get out" to end each of the 13 lines of the poem. Read more about golden shovel poems here.

Cover picture source: Meowingtons blog

Picture of my muse, Kirby:

Kirby when he was an (estimated) 4 months old.

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If you're interested in more of my poetry, check out my illustrated poetry book, All the brooding flowers!

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Bri Craig

Bri Craig (she/her) is a variety pack writer. She enjoys writing poetry, webcomic features, humor, short stories, and personal anecdotes. Basically, neither of us will ever know what will be posted next!

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Comments (5)

  • Shirley Belk21 days ago

    Love it! Kirby looks so very kissable

  • Rebekah Elisabethabout a month ago

    This was so clever and fun to read! I’ve never heard of this form before, thank you for sharing

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Loved and weird.

  • Moharif Yuliantoabout a month ago


  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Love your kitty and the idea of how you entered the challenge!!

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