Muddy brown kelp floats upon the crystal blue

A lone Mosasaur, ungainly, in a sorrowful deluge

The underwater plexus of magnificent sea creatures:

Reduced to nothing, at some comet’s nonchalant whim

Amidst joyful migration, the earth had exploded

Against a sharp cliff edge, its melanin mutilated

Teary nickel eyes tell a story of loss and survivor’s guilt

Others of its kind all gone; bodies, non-submersible

Millions of years later, this phase will surely repeat




Dear Readers,

This has been a response to Wordle #85 by Mind Love Misery’s Menagerie.

In case you are wondering, this poem is written about the Cretaceous- Paleogene extinction event that wiped out all non-avian dinosaurs.

The idea for this poem kind of evolved (pun intended) after I searched about animals that have the melanin pigment in their bodies, and saw pictures of this amazing animal: a mosasaur, which is a type of dinosaur that inhabited the inland seas of the earth around 66 million years ago.


So that was the long and complicated thought process I had, after going through the words in the prompt :p

The words were:


2. Submersible

3. Kelp (brown algae)

4. Migration

5. Plexus (a network, as of nerves or blood vessels. any complex structure containing an intricate network of parts: the plexus of international relations.)

6. Ungainly

7. Nonchalant

8. Mutilate

9. Nickel

10. Melanin (any of a class of insoluble pigments, found in all forms of animal life,that account for the dark color of skin, hair, fur, scales, feathers, etc.)

11. Phase

12. The last word I want you to invent (give a definition in the beginning). If you are fluent in a language other than English you can alternatively teach us a special word in that language. These words will be gathered up for future use  ;-).

You guys must be wondering about the last 3 words in this poem and their meaning.

The three words and their meaning in the Indian language, Malayalam are as follows:

Aarambham : The beginning

Avasaanam: The end

Punarjanmam: Rebirth or Reincarnation

Use at least 10 of the words to create a story or poem (these are hard!)

The words can appear in an alternate form

Use the words in any order that you like.

(Image courtesy: http://thesax66.deviantart.com/art/Mosasaur-496620483))

Hope you all enjoyed it and thanks for reading!

Till next time,



11 thoughts on “Extinct

    1. Heyy Val 🙂 Thank you for your kind words. I wouldn’t say I knew very much about the subject of the poem.. Google makes everyone sound smart :p I wasn’t sure the “nickel eyes” worked. thank you for liking 🙂


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