A boy and a dog called Jazzy

A boy and a dog called Jazzy

A boy and a dog called Jazzy

Best friends
can be short or tall
bright or quiet
booky or sporty
anything at all
mine just happens to be
a goofy, woolly
poodly, woodly
labradoodley
type beastie
with a coat of gold
soft as marshmallows
melting in the camp fire
pinkest tongue
cool wet nose
that reminds me when
a hug is due
boofy head
that rests on my legs
like Iā€™m the best pillow
ever
following me from room to room
my loyal shadow
liquid eyes
of chocolate brown
forever sad
even when eating
but a shaggy, waggy tail
reveals
a heart filled with happy
jazzy, fizzy stuff
that bubbles all around me
tickling me with love.

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Note: A repost šŸ™‚

Puggle to Echidna

Puggle to Echidna

Puggle to Echidna

Egg shelter ruptured
exposing nubble,

putty smooth, pink
vulnerable puggle.

Tiny claws and snout,
hurry up, we’re waiting,

for spines to emerge,
prickly armour-plating.

The spiny covered puggle
is now called an echidna,

a coat so very sharpish
their habits – an enigma.

Naive predators approach,
they haven’t got a clue,

piercing of a probing nose
will change their point of view.

A puggle is a hapless morsel,
tasty dingo meal;

huddling echidna in a ball –
that’s no real meal appeal!

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Photo: Short beaked echidna spiny anteater tachyglossus aculeatus by Allan Whittome (public domain photo)

Note: A puggle is a baby monotreme (echidna or platypus)

Prehistoric Aussies Rule

Prehistoric Aussies Rule

Prehistoric Aussies Rule

Well I wonder just how scary the Australian landscape was
when the dinosaurs and other beasties roamed?
I suppose it would depend upon your muscles, teeth and claws –
I see Leaellynasaura shaking in her bones,

and the small Coelurosaur was the fastest on two legs
but needed more when fleeing predators!
The ferocious Allosaur could rip Labyrinthodont to shreds
when the amphibian came foolishly to shore.

Minmi paravertebra was little as a cow
but had bony plated armour under skin.
This made it hard for carnivores to sink their teeth right down,
so they’d move along – they knew they couldn’t win.

There was also a giant sauropod, herbivorous they say,
a gentle long necked, quadruped so high.
The paleontologists must have been having a bad day
when they called it Rhoetosaurus brownei.

Now the Muttaburrasaurus langdoni is a good name
to suit a creature – much like an Iquanadon,
this herbivous ornithopod’s bones have made its fame,
found near Muttaburra by a grazier, Doug Langdon.

I haven’t even touched upon the oceanic beings,
Kronosaurus queenslandicus and foe.
Long time ago the middle of Australia was all sea
and the place was just as dangerous, don’t you know!

The one I love the very most has shades of modern dolphin,
Platypterigius australia is its name.
I know, you’ll say the pronunciation is difficult to pin
and the platypus is nowhere in the game.

Above the land and sea flew winged reptiles, ugly,
long before the feathered birds emerged.
The Pterosaur cruised right along air currents, smugly
swooping down to snatch up fish on which to splurge.

Well that’s enough of prehistoric Aussies, for this day,
I hope those names are sinking in your head.
Tomorrow we will cover megafauna – no yawning –
when giant kangaroos were quite widespread .

Michael’s Birthday Countdown

Michael’s Birthday Countdown

This is just a bit of fun (I try not to take myself too seriously) written with my son Michael’s voice – it’s 4 sleeps now.

Do you remember your 10th birthday?

I remember when my brother, two years older than me, turned 10 and I thought it was the biggest thing ever.

Michael’s Birthday Countdown

Five sleeps to the day
when I go from single
to double digits

10

this is big
it’s huge
ginormous
splendiferous
extraterrestrially phantasmagorically

out-there

it’s hard to sleep
with the anticipation

I’m tingling inside
with vibrations
of expectations

an exclamation
marks the spot
!