“The Last Days of the Dinosaurs”

Issue 36 by Kathleen Holliday

“The Last Days of the Dinosaurs”

In third grade, one afternoon,

we were ushered into the auditorium

for a 16mm animated film

about dinosaurs.

As comets and asteroids fell,

pocking the earth,

so did the huge creatures,

stumbling in their tracks,

long necks heavy.

When they hit the parched ground

I felt the vibration through

the floor, my saddle-shoed feet

hooked over the bottom

rung of the metal chair.

When the last one lay down and died,

my throat closed, my eyes filled,

someone coughed, someone giggled

a restless chittering in the dark.

The lights came on. We blinked

as black curtains swung open.

Outside, the sun glared down

over the playground.

Then we were let loose,

racing to swing on the monkey bars,

hunt each other,

punch a tethered ball

around and around.

About the Author

Kathleen Holliday

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Kathleen Holliday lives on an island in the Salish Sea. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in The Bellingham Review, The Blue Nib Literary Magazine, Cathexis Northwest Press, Common Ground Review, Poetry Super Highway, SHARK REEF, a Literary Magazine. and The Write Launch. She is a graduate of Augsburg University, Minneapolis, and an erstwhile student of the Lyle's Bar School of Poetry. She is at work on her first full-length poetry collection.