To encourage poetical composition of a fun and slightly silly kind, and to join in our excitement at our upcoming We 2 R Poets project, we have asked our Regal, Pact Press, and Fitzroy authors and poets to join us in creating poems along the following themes: dinosaurs, dirty socks, broccoli, What’s Under My Bed, roller coasters, and sleep. They came up with some fabulously fun contributions!
What the Kid Told the Bully
A poem by Tim J. Myers
Couple nights past, a dead-ago long-since
dinosaur came to my dreaming dream,
claiming his name was Whackasaurus,
strippy-striped with green,
and he sat right down on the dreamy ground
and called me by my name,
me looking over the huge of him, bulk
like a hillside, a barn, a train.
Then thundery-tongued he boomed to me
“I’m tired of living only
in books, museums, and memories—
I’m cramped and stuffy and lonely.
“I wanna ROAR again!!” I swear,
my dream-world shook like a leaf
in a heaping, howling hurricane
when he bellowed and showed his teeth…
“And you, little kid,” he rumbled on,
“you’re always dreaming of me—
so you’re the gate between these dreams
and where I want to be!”
That’s what the dinosaur said–it’s true!
So watch it, bully. You’re big,
bigger than me and stronger, but
to HIM you’re just a twig—
I’m not bragging, and I don’t want
to scare you—but you better
think before you pick on me—
he seemed a healthy eater.
Someday, out of this space I fill,
a car-sized green-brown snout—
with all those numbing tons behind it—
might come peeking out.
Tim J. Myers is a writer, storyteller, songwriter, and senior lecturer at Santa Clara University. He writes for all ages. Find him at www.TimMyersStorySong.com or on Facebook. Regal House is proud to have published Tim J. Myers’ poetry collection, Down in the White of the Tree: Spiritual Poems.