THE GREAT TYRANNOSAURUS - Arthur Guiterman Poems


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The Great Tyrannosaurus
  Lived centuries ago;
Through marshes wet and porous
  He rambled to and fro.

The most tremendous Lizard
  That ever browsed on meat,
His length from A to Izzard
  Was forty-seven feet.

The Great Tyrannosaurus
  In habitude was not
What one would call decorous --
  He ate an awful lot.

Lamellibranchs in sixes,
  Iguanodons to spare,
And Archaeopteryxes
  Comprised his bill of fare.

The Great Tyrannosaurus
  Of all the world was king;
With trumpeting sonorous
  He swallowed everything.

When everything was swallowed
  Beneath the azure sky,
What naturally followed? --
  The Creature had to die.

The Great Tyrannosaurus
  That was so blithe and free
Hath passed away before us;
  Then learn from him and me:

This earth can never nourish
  An appetite like his,
So if you hope to flourish,
  Don't gobble all there is!