Long-Ago Creatures

 

So long ago these creatures did exist,
And finding them created quite a stir,
Though stories have been lost in History’s mist.

But archeologists dig up old bones,
Enjoying the reveal of real unknowns.

As they give modern knowledge a huge twist,
Because things so far back are just a blur,
So long ago these creatures did exist.

Their bones were buried deep within the earth,
Before mankind was given modern birth.

The tales of ancient monsters do persist.
Could these be those the legends oft’ refer,
Though stories have been lost in History’s mist?

For yes, their very bones proclaim the truth.
Lived Dinosaurs in planet’s early youth.

Their artifacts unearthed can’t be dismissed.
Still some seem most unlikely to concur,
So long ago these creatures did exist.

For some, it is too much of a surprise.
Unless they see them live before their eyes.

For most that notion quickly is dismissed.
They see those lives did certainly occur,
Though stories have been lost in History’s mist.

Displays of their remains, we can’t resist
To see what strange and giant beasts they were.
So long ago these creatures did exist,
Though stories have been lost in History’s mist.

 

Author Notes:

This scene is from the Science Museum’s Dinosaur display in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Some people don’t actually believe in dinosaurs. They either are skeptics, or religious fanatics. I heard one person tell me that they are a hoax, planted to disprove creationism of the bible. So those thoughts inspired this poem.

This poem is a Gra Reformata.
The Gra Reformata, created by Michael King, is based upon the Villanelle form.

Following the basic setting of the Villanelle, the a Gra Reformata has an extra couplet between each tercet. This couplet can be either rhymed within the structure of the rest of the poem, or in free verse, but always in iambic pentameter.
So there are the ususual five Tercets followed by the closing Quatrain of the Villianelle, with four Couplets interspersed between the Tercets.
This gives the following Format:

Stanza 1: A1-b-A2
Stanza 2: c – c
Stanza 3: a-b-A1
Stanza 4: d – d
Stanza 5: a-b-A2
Stanza 6: e – e
Stanza 7: a-b-A1
Stanza 8: f – f
Stanza 9: a-b-A2
Stanza 10: a-b-A1-A2,
For a total of 10 stanzas, where A1 and A2 are the repeated lines from the first Tercet.

This photograph was taken by the author himself on April 22, 2012.

Synergy of Poetry and Verse. Author, Poet, Photographer

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