By Jesi Scott
They lie in sand,
Beached whales unable to get back to water,
Left rotting in sun and wind;
Wooden bones scoured smooth,
Evaporated skin cracked and peeling,
Turning to dust when waving grasses
Lean in to kiss goodbye.
Inside the skeleton,
Organs left to disintegrate
But time and tide,
And the oddity of nature,
Left some preserved in petrified state,
Some left residing in hollows or under ribs,
Nautical relics left as attestation
Of when humans ruled the earth.
*The prompt today was to write about strange animals and to use personification and anthropomorphism the way Gerald Durrell did. (Side note: Lizzi sent me a trilogy of his books for my birthday this year, and up until she did I had never read them or heard of them. Now suddenly, Durrell’s name is everywhere in my life.) Instead, I used reverse anthropomorphism, zoomorphism (doesn’t actually fit my intentions because I’m attributing animal qualities to human objects, not human events, deity, or humans themselves) to abandoned boats and what a future generation that does not know what they are would think about them. Or aliens, if they were to exist. The original title was Museum Exhibit Description but I changed it to Fossils to try and portray a sense of time. Although I like the idea of the original title giving one the sense that they are walking in a museum looking at relics. There was a suggested form/forms but I wrote this during the summer and felt it was more fitting for today’s prompt.