Poems of the Week

Jurassic Snack

by Dan Campion

“Flying giant pterosaurs had longer neck than a giraffe, say experts”
The Guardian

Experts say the darnedest things,
And dino boffins earn their wings
By making claims you can’t conceive,
Then finding bones so you’ll believe.

In this case, CAT scans clearly say
That interlaced trabeculae
On scales that beggar the giraffe
Served pterosaurs as rod and staff

By propping up huge necks, heads, bills
The very thought of which sends chills
Through anyone who’d rather not
Be forced to see their mammal’s lot
As snack food for some sauroid tot.