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Vexed

for Vocal's Poemosaurus Rex Challenge

By Christy MunsonPublished about a month ago β€’ Updated about a month ago β€’ 2 min read
Runner-up in Poemosaurus Rex Challenge
Vexed
Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

I was clumsy

I can admit it

too big for my britches

too hard to contain

too young, too wild to pin down

.

But I had my million dollar smile

so I got all toothy for you, babe

saw you coming

from across the western plains

shaking your tail

shedding your skin

.

But you weren't buying what I was selling

you saw two short arms

too short to hold you

and I'd never want to hold you back

so I left you to your own devices

bungled the intro

read the tree leaves

gave you your space

watched the skies for your return

believing you'd roam

back to my cave some sweet day

perhaps I'd entertain you

with an evening of ceiling art

.

Even then

I could read the writing on the wall

these paintings were never your style

I knew it in my bones --

I could never fuel

your heart's desires

.

seasons changed and time moved on

and you wandered the world

sowing your wild oats

until at last

as if by magic or human intervention

you came back

.

but by then

all my color had faded to gray

I was a fossil,

a hollow shell of my former self,

too old to try again

too set in my ways

.

you were the one who got away

for a long while I had wondered

what if

as I ogled the skies and imagined myself

more daring, willing and able to

follow your trail

all the way across Panacea

but even in my dreams

all I got was this lousy T-Rex tee shirt

and giant cloud of dust that mushroomed

overhead, shaking my very foundations

.

I survived

without you

for a time

wading through the muddy waters

not sampling the locals

eating from tree tops

til I could take no more

.

I tried it your way - herbivore -

to impress you

not wanting to deal with all the fall-out

but in my bones

I'm an omnivore, babe,

so I rattled them bones and buried you

in my way back when, dropped you like a stone,

like you were so Paleozoic

.

but every now and then I see you dance across my mind

like you were

the beginning and the end

of all things

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Comments (28)

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran7 days ago

    Wooohooooo Congratulations on your win! πŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠ

  • JBaz7 days ago

    This was so beautiful and haunting, sad and emotional all at once. Congratulations

  • Shirley Belk8 days ago

    So wonderful! Congratulations!

  • Kenny Penn8 days ago

    Wow! This poem is so cleverly done and beautiful! I love how so much of its word play is relatable to the present. Well done and congrats, Christy!

  • Lamar Wiggins8 days ago

    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Congratulations, Christy! Beautiful work!

  • Babs Iverson8 days ago

    Fabulous!!! Congratulations on the runner up win!!πŸ’•β€οΈβ€οΈ

  • Congratulations

  • Oh my goodness, this was so good!! πŸ’”πŸ₯ΊπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– The suprer creative use of words - chef's kiss! Perfection! This bit in particular floored me: "I knew it in my bones -- I could never fuel your heart's desires" Congratulations on placing on the challenge πŸ₯°

  • Cathy holmes8 days ago

    Wtg Christy! Congrats

  • John Cox8 days ago

    Absolutely stunning entry, Christy. Congratulations on placing in the challenge! Very well done!

  • D.K. Shepard8 days ago

    Congrats on Runner-up, Christy!!

  • Gerard DiLeo8 days ago

    Ah, Panacea. Great place to visit. Congrats.

  • Cathy holmes21 days ago

    This is a really clever take on the challenge. Well done. And I want a T-rex t-shirt.

  • Just loved but it may mean a lot!

  • Donna Fox (HKB)about a month ago

    I love where you took this challenge!! It's enticing and eye opening and has some great entertainment value!!

  • Hannah Mooreabout a month ago

    I love how you have constructed this. Definitely about dinosaurs. Definitely not.

  • D.K. Shepardabout a month ago

    How clever, Christy! The narrative voice in this is top notch! What a character sketch with commentary

  • D. J. Reddallabout a month ago

    You have conjured sympathy for the long gone, short-armed thunder lizard here--outstanding!

  • So many great observations, a painting with words, great work

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Gosh this was so poignant and emotional! Loved it so much!

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a month ago

    Christy, this is so well done

  • Alyson Smith about a month ago

    Hi Christy, I love this. It's so unique. I especially love the line 'perhaps I'd entertain you with an evening of ceiling art.'

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Oh wow, this is sooooo good!! Great challenge entry!!

  • Patrick M. Ohanaabout a month ago

    A wonderful piece, Christy! Good luck in the Challenge : )

  • Anna about a month ago

    A dinosaur filled with human feelings... beautiful harmony, I love how you mixed them together! And this letting go thing... it's just wow!

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