Stomp, rumble, thump, roar!
Overhead pterodactyls soar!
Jurassic, Triassic, Cretaceous,
Iguanodon, Protoceratops, Diplodocus.
A flood washed these creatures away,
Preserving their bones for a future day,
Buried for years in the sludge of obscurity,
Often mistaken for mystical beasts of fantasy,
Until Richard Owen uttered “Dinosauria”
And ushered in a great scientific era.
Paleontologists pounded their chisels in lands unknown,
Unraveling the long-lost history etched in stone,
Packed, coated, and shipped to hundreds of museums
To be studied as if they held the key to all our problems.
But it seemed as if the more they studied, the less they knew,
And the deeper, thicker, longer their lies grew.
When they look at these bones, they see billions of years,
Big bangs and extinctions caused by meteors.
They think drawing a feather on these large lizards
Can make them the ancestors of the buzzards.
When I look at these bones, I see the beginning
And six twenty-four hour days of creating,
Instantly formed by a single word
From the mighty Lord of lords.
I see a mural of a great Artist’s creativity,
Every inch of it displaying His ingenuity.
I wonder, how can anyone look at a dinosaur
And not see each letter of the Creator’s signature?
Mariposa Aristeo is a self-taught artist and aspiring children’s author who captures the glories of God’s creation on paper. Here at Story Embers, she serves as the public relations director and graphic designer because she desires to encourage other storytellers to craft novels that ignite the imagination and warm the heart.
In between writing and working at SE, she loves illustrating books, such as A Visit to Oaklenbrooke Farm. She hopes to someday publish her own children’s book, a kooky tale that combines humor, heart, and her longtime love of dinosaurs. Her book-eating assistant, Aberdeen the Authorosaurus, supplies her with most of her story ideas and forces her to write by threatening to sit on her. If you want to learn more about Mariposa, Aberdeen, or why she doesn’t listen to him, visit her Instagram.