Terragogous

by Andrew Wynn Owen

Rock-reptilian, land bound, looking round,
cumbersome thundersome, the wondersome survivor.

Schildkröten, ground besotten, age rotten,
wide thrown, seed sown, unknown.

Abdominally-all, steady canopic crawl,
Terragogous, analogous, one solus.

Rising up, mountain top, tired not,
mountaineer, buccaneer, aged seer.

Strong, striking pillar, salad killer,
Desert tracker, can’t walk back-er.

Tortue, fought-few, end due, never new,
Stronghold, bulky bold, winter-told.

Armoured for battle, a pebble rattle, tiny cattle,
Mud spattered, shell flattered, egg shattered.

Tartaruga, shambling mover, ancient hoover,
blithering, dithering, all withering.

Lizard face, mammoth base, body-mace,
Lion claws, bear-scaled paws, plated sores.

Testudo, Greek named, truculent-famed,
Unmatched, unmastered, untamed, unreal.

Steadfast thing, resilient king,
Shuffling, ruffling, tussling boulder.

Ancestry great, dino-fate, Jurassic-late,
Wizened race, egg based, carapaced.