I. Pallida vs T. Rex

As children gaze
at dinosaur bones,
Why does no one tell
of the true ancient,
An elegant iris
in a nearby vase?

Dinosaurs had their
space of fame
We know this since
their bones remain.

What of irises, outlined
in hieroglyph
in an Egyptian tomb;
in a fresco at Knossos,
Later woven on Renaissance loom.

Fierce creatures, those reptiles
always to be admired,
But the beauty of the iris
is that it survives.


Poems by Dana Lovvorn
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