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Upon a Coprolite

A Found Poem by Beverly Stock

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With tears gushing in his eyes

An Ichthyosaurus(1) swims. The Plesiosaurus(2), the elder

Starts swimming after him.

The Plerodactylus(3) even

comes back in from the sea,

“Things can’t go on in this way,”

They heard Ichthyosaurus say.

Raging saurus tempers and bad saurus blood,

Were mighty but extinguished in a sudden flood.

Even the Saurians(4) died too, that awful day,

Of course, the devil they then had to pay.

Who was it, then, this tale did write?

T’was found as a fossil album leaf

Upon a coprolite. (5)

My poem, "Upon a Coprolite,” is my adaptation of the poem “The Ichthyosaurus,” by Joseph Victor von Scheffel, 1826-1886, as translated by Charles G. Leland, who was an American humorist and folklorist, 1824-1903. The original nine stanza poem is in the public domain.

(1) Ichthyosaurs are large extinct marine reptiles.

(2) Plesiosaurus was a plesiosaur, a type of marine reptile.

(3) Pterodactylus is an extinct genus of pterosaurs. Members are commonly known as pterodactyls.

(4) Sauria is the clade containing the most recent common ancestor of archosaurs (such as crocodilians, dinosaurs,

(5) A coprolite is fossilized feces.


Beverly Stock is an American poet who delights in creating poetry that asks big questions about small moments, and inspires readers to revisit the little memories we so often overlook. Her work has been published by The Society of Classical Poets, The Chained Muse, Persimmon Tree, and LightenUp Online, in the UK. Visit and BeverlyStockPoetry on Facebook.

Upon A Coprolite

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