Once there was a little girl

That wanted to be a dinosaur

So she grew a pair of long sharp teeth and she shrunk her elbows up to her ribs.

She leaned forward when she walked and ate little hamburger patties

But then the patties made her sick so she decided to lie down

And she grew her arms back down to her hips

So she could curl them around her human toes

And pick at her toenails and pick at her fingernails

And she picked away at her teeth too until they were her regular old canines

And then she went to bed.

Alice Urbiel

Originally appeared in the 2011-2012 edition of Outside In.