Big, woolly, brown Ice Age creature
Tusks like elephants'
Long and wide
Deadly weapons of protection
Isn't it good we did not live in those times?


Austen Mattingly was in the third grade at Wickham Elementary School in Coralville, Iowa, when this poem was selected for the 2010 Poetry in Public project, sponsored by the Iowa City Public Art Program. Now in its eighth year, Poetry in Public displays poems by local writers of all ages in Iowa City buses, downtown kiosks, and select public buildings from April (National Poetry Month) through the fall.

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