d’Verse Limbo Challenge

07 Aug

Hello. No, Tuesday isn’t early. I can”t resist dVerse’s prompt. The photograph is from my sister-in-law who found this bit of enchantment in St. Maartin.

flamingo rex

Kinfolk or, The Joys of Juxtapositions

Pink plastic flamingos
fill the cavernous mouth
the empty eye sockets,
ride the undulating spine
and feather the trunk-like
legs of the iron T-Rex.



Posted by on 07/08/2014 in poems, poetry


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54 responses to “d’Verse Limbo Challenge

  1. julespaige

    07/08/2014 at 4:09 pm

    A bit of history for you…

  2. margo roby

    07/08/2014 at 4:10 pm

    My god you are quick, Jules!

  3. claudia

    07/08/2014 at 4:15 pm

    what a very cool pic… ha… i have to say… flamingos and dinosaurs look pretty pretty together… so cool

    • margo roby

      07/08/2014 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks, Claudia. I laugh every time I look at it.

  4. Steve Shultz

    07/08/2014 at 4:19 pm

    What a fascinating scene!

    • margo roby

      07/08/2014 at 4:21 pm

      It is, isn’t it? I’m over at your place.

  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    07/08/2014 at 4:21 pm

    From the flamingo point of view I have to say there’s safety in numbers….

    • margo roby

      07/08/2014 at 4:23 pm

      Can you visualise the T-Rex trying to shake them off? Someone has a great sense of humour.

      • Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

        07/08/2014 at 4:24 pm

        They are like those little bird feasting on the skin of crocs–

        • margo roby

          07/08/2014 at 4:26 pm

          Yep. I thought of that. If I had more time I would have worked them in. I may rework the poem, anyway. There’s a British poet who referred to the crocodile as the great ‘devil-beast’ into which the birds walked in and out.

  6. Fly Indie

    07/08/2014 at 4:25 pm

    Great description!


    07/08/2014 at 4:28 pm

    I think TRex ;could do with a fly swatter.

    • margo roby

      07/08/2014 at 4:30 pm

      I think T-Rex is down for the count.

  8. Anthony Desmond (@iamEPanthony)

    07/08/2014 at 4:40 pm

    Ugh, poor t-rex’s arms are too short to get the darn things off!

    • margo roby

      07/08/2014 at 4:41 pm

      I hadn’t brought that image in, yet, so thank you for adding to the growing hilarity of this scene!

  9. Hannah Gosselin

    07/08/2014 at 4:50 pm

    Ha!! His arms are too short!! I love the juxtaposition, Margo…fun-fun!!

    • margo roby

      07/08/2014 at 4:52 pm

      You can see why I couldn’t resist, but I would dearly have loved time to work in the dinosaur to bird evolution, but that would take me days 😉

  10. brian miller

    07/08/2014 at 4:57 pm

    ha. love bjorns comment…yes…safety in numbers….what a find…and how funny….
    like a bad case of fleas….

  11. Grace

    07/08/2014 at 5:01 pm

    Cool picture & response Margo ~ I like the pink plastic flamingos, smiles ~

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:48 am

      Thank you, Grace. The flamingos delight me.

  12. markwindham

    07/08/2014 at 5:39 pm

    wait a minute…did you just…post a poem…that you wrote..?!?!?! 🙂 😉 Much fun.

    • b_young

      08/08/2014 at 8:04 am

      shhh. don’t break the spell

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:47 am

      Smart mouth 😉 Yes, I did. I loved dVerse’s idea.

  13. Polly

    07/08/2014 at 5:47 pm

    What a delight!

  14. Gabriella

    07/08/2014 at 6:00 pm

    Fascinating combination and your poem illustrates it particularly well!

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:46 am

      Thank you, Gabriella. Much appreciated.

  15. Mary

    07/08/2014 at 6:00 pm

    Ha, that is as good a use as I have ever seen for those pink flamingos!! So glad to see you, Margo.

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:45 am

      It’s always good to see you, Mary. I smile when I see a prompt by you and mentally wave at the dogs.


    07/08/2014 at 6:33 pm

    wow! I picture all this in my head. Beautiful. 🙂

  17. georgeplace2013

    07/08/2014 at 7:28 pm

    What a great picture! Love where it took you, Margo. I can just hear the t-rex saying “evolution is a witch”

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:44 am

      Debi, at some point while writing, a similar thought crossed my mind!

  18. Bodhirose

    07/08/2014 at 8:06 pm

    Wow…I wonder who thought to put those flamingos on that dinosaur skeleton…some sort of interesting humor there. Thanks for sharing that quirky photo and your great take on it!

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:43 am

      Thank you and you are welcome, Bodhirose. I admit to spending some time imagining the original scene.

  19. The Course of Our Seasons

    07/08/2014 at 8:13 pm

    A completely hilarious photo! Wonderful contribution to the prompt – oh and loved the title too!

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:42 am

      Thank you so much. I confess the title gave me pause before I came up that thought!

  20. Truedessa

    07/08/2014 at 9:27 pm

    interesting picture..flamingos remind me of Florida..

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:40 am

      Me too, although I discovered they are not native to Florida!

  21. Bryan Ens

    07/08/2014 at 10:20 pm

    A fun poem and picture!

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:40 am

      Thanks, Bryan. Much appreciated.

  22. Sumana Roy

    07/08/2014 at 11:43 pm

    some cool images here…love the title too..

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:39 am

      Than you, Sumana. I appreciate the comment.

  23. rosross

    11/08/2014 at 7:57 am

    My little grandboys bought me a pink flamingo and promised a second so it would not get lonely. It stands in the garden peering beadily into the kitchen.

    • margo roby

      11/08/2014 at 7:59 am

      I am laughing at the image, Ros. I can see you glancing up and there it is, staring.

      • rosross

        11/08/2014 at 8:06 am

        To be honest, I think they are ugly and I hate plastic things so I have hidden it a bit behind a bush which is probably why the beady glare. But when small boys give you something it is precious, no matter how tacky it may be so I had no choice but to put it in the garden, where they said it should go, until its legs rust away, which may take some time!

        • margo roby

          11/08/2014 at 8:10 am

          Yes, I am laughing. I, too, think they are tacky [about as tacky as things can get]. Now I have the wonderful image of you trying to disguise the wretched thing, glancing up, and still that stare.

          • rosross

            11/08/2014 at 8:17 am

            You made me laugh. I have angled it so it is difficult to see. And if the boys ask, which they have not as yet, I can always tell them that flamingos are shy and because they are pink and easily seen they like to hide a bit! Flamingo seems to be a theme. My grandmother, with whom we lived for three years when I was a child after her husband died, had a plaster flamingo, full-size, which she had outside her bedroom window…. sadly six months after she moved in with us she had a stroke and was bedridden until he died, but three of us, me six, a brother seven and a half and a brother four and a half, would wait until she was asleep and then get up and ride it. God knows how the legs stayed straight although I guess we were fairly small. I have since seen flamingos in the wild in Africa – ugly beaks, lovely legs and colour.

  24. rosross

    11/08/2014 at 7:58 am

    You have honoured flamingos and T.rex.


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