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Aftermath

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We live in a world of ghosts.
An aftermath.
The Age of Mammals. Great.
We cannot see past the "ordinary" to what was lost.
We look at trees whose sharp and bitter leaves
Avoid the meal they will never be,
And branches that grow high to escape
Mouths that will never reach for them.
We listen to a dawn chorus that has lost its baritones.
I miss those ones I've never heard.
And wonder how it would have been
To look into the eyes of Troödon,
Or out of them.

Posted by Euphro

29th Apr 2009, 10:57   | tags:,,,,,

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:D Gorgeous!

I wonder if the intelligent roaches of 50,000,000 years from now, scurrying through the bones of our reconstructed basements and sewers, will idolize us half as much....

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29th Apr 2009, 13:26

Dhamaka says:

this is fantastic Euphro
the last line tickles me pink :)

29th Apr 2009, 20:07

jc1000000 says:

Absolutely love this! Reading between the lines - It's kinda sad isn't it? Lamenting a lost ecology? Time misplaced in the same way one might lose keys?

Where does the name Troödon come from?

30th Apr 2009, 10:34

beth says:

i'm sure i commented on this..

I said lovely and very you!

30th Apr 2009, 21:05

http://www.dinosaur-world.com/feathered_dinosaurs/troodon_formosus.htm

Not sure about accuracy, but it's a good summation....

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1st May 2009, 18:19

Euphro says:

Thanks Laszlo and thank you all for the wonderful encouragement.

I chose Troödon (troo-oh-don) because it was one of the last dinosaurs, but mainly because of its unusually large brain, stereoscopic vision (like us) and grasping forelimbs. It's been suggested as the best candidate for a dinosaur hominid progenitor (if they hadn't gone extinct) and was mentioned in that context in a BBC Horizon programme ages ago. Harry Harrison also developed the concept a lot further in his West of Eden series.

1st May 2009, 20:30

Dhamaka says:

:)

4th May 2009, 16:12

Viv says:

I read these without looking at the author and guessed it was you - perhaps it was just the cake I recognised :)

maybe influenced by your children's fascination with dinosaurs as well as your own scientific nature - love it

11th May 2009, 23:22

bethmadethis says:

ah re-reading this I love this line "We look at trees whose sharp and bitter leaves
Avoid the meal they will never be, "

26th Oct 2010, 17:21

Euphro says:

Thanks beth :)

27th Oct 2010, 13:30