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The Cretaceous Terror of Insects*

A sonnet about the littlest dinosaur

By Alison McBainPublished 25 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2024
The Cretaceous Terror of Insects*
Photo by Nareeta Martin on Unsplash

Oculudentavis will not just glide

off the tongue like Tyrannosaurus Rex

and velociraptors would never pride

themselves on being terror of insects,

as I’m called. Even a stegosaurus

would look down in disdain at what I eat

and a triceratops would never suss

out why a sharp-toothed, tiny bird like me

would puff out my chest and happily soar

above the muggy fields they wade through like

drudges. I know there’s no glory to roar

and rumble, stuck on the flat ground. I strike

my prey like lightning and wing my way free,

the cruelest predator never to be seen.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

* "The Cretaceous Terror of Insects" is the nickname for the dinosaur Oculudentavis, given by Dr. Jingmai O’Connor.


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Alison McBain

Alison McBain writes fiction & poetry, edits & reviews books, and pens a webcomic called “Toddler Times.” In her free time, she drinks gallons of coffee & pretends to be a pool shark at her local pub. More: http://www.alisonmcbain.com/

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Comments (16)

  • Linda Goodman21 days ago

    Fantastic Congratulations on your top story

  • Andrea Corwin 22 days ago

    ....and...I forgot to congratulate you on TS!!🥳

  • Andrea Corwin 22 days ago

    I learned about this today from your poem. Nice job!!

  • Sweileh 88822 days ago

    Interesting and delicious content. Keep posting more now.

  • Fantastic writing.

  • Jasmine Whitmore22 days ago

    Congrats on your top story.

  • Ian Vince23 days ago

    Congrats on the Top Story - well deserved not only for the writing but also for surfacing the knowledge of this tiny avian dinosaur.

  • Anu Mehjabin23 days ago

    This poem wonderfully captures the spirit of Oculudentavis, the tiny yet fierce "Cretaceous Terror of Insects." It’s inspiring to see how even the smallest predator can strike with power and soar above, reminding us that greatness comes in all sizes. Beautifully done!

  • Denise Larkin24 days ago

    Beautifully written and congrats on top story.

  • The Dani Writer24 days ago

    You know, in looking at types of dinosaurs, there is a HUGE variety that I've honestly never heard of. Like even remotely. Some I'd need help in the attempt to pronounce. Add this to the bunch. Learned another one today. Congratulations Top Story-an!

  • Oh I loved this! It definitely doesn't roll off the tongue, but it's a cool dinosaur anyway! Congrats on the Top Story!

  • angela hepworth24 days ago

    Congrats on top story! Such an interesting and creative angle to take for the challenge!

  • Christy Munson24 days ago

    Congratulations on Top Story! Loved the final line especially!

  • Ameer Bibi24 days ago

    Congratulations on your top story 👏

  • shanmuga priya24 days ago

    Congratulations 🎉

  • Oh! Congrats on your top story.

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