Friday, February 6, 2009

Pterrifying Pterosaurs

"Pterosaurs" poem and image from DINOTHESAURUS copyright 2009 by Douglas Florian

For Poetry Friday a poem from DINOTHESAURUS. As the Glossarysaurus explains, Pterosaurs were flying prehistoric reptiles (not true dinosaurs) that lived in all three periods of the dinosaurs: Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. They flew on wings of skin that stretched from their bodies to the tips of their long wing fingers.

TERR-oh-sawrs (winged lizards)

The pterrifying pterosaurs
Flew ptours the ptime of dinosaurs.
With widespread wings and pteeth pto ptear,
They pterrorized the pteeming air.
They were not ptame.
They were ptenacious--
From the Ptriassic
Pto the Cretaceous.

The Poetry Friday roundup today is at Elaine Magliaro's Wild Rose Reader. Check it out!


Nanny said...


poemhome said...


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Dave King said...

What a fun post!Loved it!

raffy said...

Ptotally awesome!

poemhome said...

Ptanks pto Jill, Dave, and raffy

Lisa said...

I love ipt.

Seriously, I can't wait to see the whole book.

Poetikat said...

I love the last three lines, Doug, but it's ALL good!


Yat-Yee said...

Ptoo cool (?!)

Susan Marie Swanson said...

Douglas, you had me in the introduction:
"long wing fingers."

Kelly said...

Pterribly clever!
I love all those flying pterosaurs in that gorgeous blue!

poemhome said...

Pto my Ptrue blue ptalented friends
Lisa, Poetikat,Yat-Yee, Susan Marie, and Kelly,
Many Ptanks Pto you

Rab said...

I'm in stitches. That is funny and adorable at once. Thanks for sharing it!

Yat-Yee said...

BTW, Douglas, thanks for adding mine to the blogs you follow. Also, you may be interested that I did a little plug for you back in January.

(word verification: feari. And I mentioned your book in a post about fear. Hmmm.)

Mary Lee said...

You never cease to make me grin with your rhymes: ptenacious and Cretaceous! LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

I love dinosaur kids books! Goodness knows we had a ton when my kids were at that age when they wanted any and all things dinosaurs.

I'm going to mention this on my blog as I know some folks who read it still have kids that this would be perfect for. :)

poemhome said...

Rab: sorry to have put you into stiches.The phrase was first used by Shakespeare in Twelfth Night, 1601.
If you desire the spleen, and will laugh yourself into stitches, follow me.
Yat-Yee: thank you so much for your plug. I hope to return the favor for your premier book soon.
Mary Lee: Keep grinning for me.
Terry: Yes, dinosaur books do weigh a ton. Thank you and your sweet blog.

laurasalas said...

This is classic Florian. I love your invented spellings. And one day, I'm going to get here soon enough after your post to use one in a comment without looking like a copycat!

The whole thing's great, but I esp. love "With widespread wings and pteeth pto ptear,/They pterrorized the pteeming air."