Dinosaur Love

Poems

On the Museum of Natural History’s 4th floor
I greeted my old friend:
“Hey, T. Rex! Long time, no see!”
My buddy flashed his killer teeth:
“Over two years, E. Katz,
I missed you.”

Surprised, I asked, “You missed me?
I didn’t know dinosaurs had emotions.
Rexy, did you know love?”

Rexy sighed: “I knew love
      not as humans can
but as humans do:
      love of self
      and love of finding something weaker
           to pounce upon.
E. Katz, can your species be saved
      by love’s possibilities?”

“Rexy,” I answered, “you haven’t lost
your ability
to ask the tough question.
Let me ask you something we humans
have been curious about for centuries.
How did you die?”

“I don’t know.
One day I looked around
and I wasn’t there.”

1986