Dino Droppings: Poems by Terry Taylor

Photo of Taylor family taken in Los Angeles Dec. 26, 1962. With him are wife Ursula, daughter Tessa, 3 and son Terrence, 7.

Terry Taylor

Terry Taylor, son of Robert Taylor and Ursula Thiess, has recently published a book of poetry.  The full title is Dino Droppings: A Collection of Poems by Terry Taylor. The book is brought to life (illustrated) with quirky line drawings by Alice Usupova.

The author says: “Poetry has always been a passion of mine…not the free verse type, but the kind that draws you into its rhyme, meter and unconsidered topics and subjects. It was finally time for me to sort through some of my favorites that I’ve written and turn a hobby into a first book that I hope you and your family will enjoy.”

Front cover.

The back cover tells the reader what to expect.

This is the back of a funny book.
I guarantee–just take a look.
Flip it over, peek inside,
Take it for a pleasure ride.
Get ready for some family time,
With words that should and shouldn’t rhyme.
I write because that first giraffe
Must have made hyenas laugh.
I write about gorilla noses,
And those things we call Supozes.
You’ll get to know a bumblebee,
And Ellen L. Emen O’Pea.
You’ll read about how small is small,
And ceiling shoes that climb a wall.
I try to tweak your brain a bit
With LOL’s and whacky wit.
And after all is read and done,
I hope that you’ll have had some fun.

They are 104 poems in all, some as short as one line, some considerably longer. They would be appropriate for reading to small children.  Older children and adults would also enjoy them.  The book is available on Amazon.

About giraffe44

I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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12 Responses to Dino Droppings: Poems by Terry Taylor

  1. Martha Clark says:

    Thanks for sharing! I think I’ll buy a copy. I love poetry and this sounds cute as can be! 🙂


  2. SusanaG says:

    OMG, that look, haircut and widow’s peak remind me of someone who would be so proud of Terry… I remember Ursula added a few poetry verses from Michael Thiess on her book, but didn’t know that Terry had also a flair for it. Looks good! Hi Judith, this is Susana, and as usual it’s always a pleasure to read your very interesting/informative posts. Keep them coming!


  3. June Alexander says:

    Thanks Judith for the heads up with Terry’s book of poems. I think I will get a copy for my GGdaughter, it sure sounds so cute.
    I had the very good fortune to meet Terry when I visited for his father’s 100th Birthday celebration.
    He was very free with his time with us and impressed me as a very caring and thoughtful person.
    He was so kind to autograph a photo of himself with Tessa and myself which I took at the same function. I sent the photo over and it was returned with both autographs, a gesture I so appreciated and the photo is my prized possession. Not surprising his gentle nature is being expressed in such a way.
    Thanks again Judith.


    • giraffe44 says:

      June, you’re welcome. I think the poems are great and very unusual. And the illustrations are good fun. Terry sounds like a great person. I’m sure your great-granddaughter?? will love it, too. Judith


  4. Tobias says:

    The very few things that catches someone’s eye like a good book or a poem within. Was raised very athletic, never read much. Wasn’t because they didn’t want me too. It is nice to find enjoyment in someone else’s literature.


  5. paulineBell says:

    warterloo bridge robert taylors film was my mams favourite


  6. Bob Bateman says:

    My mom met Robert Taylor in a Safeway grocery store in Sheridan, Wyoming. He loved having a cabin in Buffalo! My aunt owned the Busy Bee care, and he came there many times to get her home-made chili and pies! I would love to have his son’s book of poems, and also talk with him. I can be reached: nametabbob@gmail.com. I have sung the gospel for 57 years: I am a top tenor with an Opera voice! Get in contact with me and I sure will answer! Love, Bob Bateman.


    • giraffe44 says:

      Bob, you can get Dino Droppings on Amazon. I don’t know how to talk to him directly. His sister, Tessa, is on Facebook and you could contact her through them. Any reminiscences you have about Mr. Taylor would be most weelcome. Judith


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