BY JEANNIE WALLACE MCKEOWN
Dinosaurs make themselves at home
in my garden.
Strutting, preening, pecking
at the earth
as if it is theirs –
worms, seeds, old fruit.
They know that this territory
with alarm they arise, flustered,
glide between trees, calling
urgently to one another
as the cat stalks, forgets, stops to wash.
Settling again, alert and ruffled,
It wasn’t always this way, glinting eyes hint.
“When we had teeth,” the birds chirp, the birds coo,
“careless mammal, it was you
who was fleeing from us.”
The melamine cowboy plate broke.
It lasted longer
than much of the china crockery.
That cowboy lived in our kitchen
for over a decade.
Now he’s in the bin.
But that melamine cowboy
He’ll ride the landfill express
into all our sunsets.
Should humanity survive
to vacate, he’ll be there
to see silver craft shoot upwards,
people queuing to leave the earth behind
having covered it in plastic straws,
single use coffee pods.
With their departure,
perhaps new grass will finally
grow over him.
He’ll ride the deep earth,
with a story to tell.