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Der letzte Ichthyosaurus

Language: German (Deutsch)

Es rauscht in den Schachtelhalmen,
verdächtig leuchtet das Meer,
da schwimmt mit Tränen im Auge
ein Ichthyosaurus daher.

Ihn jammert der Zeiten Verderbniss;
denn ein sehr bedenklicher Ton
war neuerlich eingerissen
in der Liasformation.

Der Plesiosaurus, der Alte,
er jubelt in Saus und Braus,
der Pterodaktylus selber
flog jüngst betrunken nach Haus.

Der Iguanodon, der Lümmel,
wird frecher zu jeglicher Frist,
schon hat er am hellen Tage
die Ichthyosaura geküsst.

Mir ahnt eine Weltkatastrophe,
so kann es ja länger nicht geh’n:
was soll aus der Lias noch werden,
wenn solche Dinge geschehn?

So klagte der Ichthyosaurus,
da ward’s ihm kreidig zu Muth,
sein letzter Seufzer verhallte
im Qualmen und Zischen der Fluth.

Es starb zu der selbigen Stunde
die ganze Saurierei,
sie kamen zu tief in die Kreide,
da war’s natürlich vorbei.

Und der uns hat gesungen 
dies petrefaktische Lied,
er fand’s als fossiles Albumblatt
auf einem Coprolith.

Translation(s): ENG

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Iain Sneddon) , "The Last Ichthyosaurus", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2019-05-14 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-14 13:37:52

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Word count: 148

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