(On reading of a book entitled The Interpretation
of Geological Time from the Evidence of Fossilised
Elephant Droppings in Eastern Europe.)
Though that fickle Grecian floozy’s
Kept it, till today, unsung,
Petrified primaeval oozes
May preserve an ancient tongue.
Lives of pachyderms inform us
Beasts can soar to epic heights
And, departing, leave enormous
Dumps of future coprolites.
Data-rich, well worth decoding,
Dung from great grey long dead herds
Gets geologists downloading
Time’s own language, giant turds.
So then, Fido, if admonished
That your motions foul the nest,
Look ahead, and see, astonished,
Scholars read what dogs digest!
If you have any comments on this poem, Jerome Betts would be
pleased to hear from you.