The Restoration

By George Sterling

The great trust magnate views the dinosaur,
    Explained by the curator at his side:
    "We think he looked like that, and know he died
Millions of years (let us say ten) before
Mankind came on the scene. We find, at least,
    Some were carnivorous, some not. We know
    He roamed this very country long ago . . .
Well, at his best, a most unpleasant beast!"

Croesus inspects the mighty back and thighs,
The reared enormous neck, the glittering eyes.
    "Such saurians were lords of all the earth,"
    His guide concludes, and meditates the floor;
Then, with a titter of aseptic mirth:
    "Good thing we've nothing like him any more!"

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