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Biodiversity challenge – Nepenthes rajah

Pitcher postcards

Fly-on-the-wall documentary

In one fell.

The Fly and the Pitcher

One blue bottle
Crawling on the lip.
One blue bottle
Crawling on the lip.
And if one blue bottle
Should accidentally slip,
You’ll see one blue bottle
Take an acid dip.

The Big Pitcher

I’m Nepenthes rajah,
Your gracious host.
As meat-eating plants go,
I’m larger than most.
Make yourself at home
On my peristome,
Take a dip in the cool
Of my private pool.
Come lounge with the lizard
Stuck in my gizzard,
You’ll be snug as a bug
In my one-litre jug.
Drop in and discover
The principal use
For my viscoelastic
Gastric juice.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.

Biodiversity challenge – Venus flytrap

The tendril trap

Snappy dressing scarlet lady,
Trigger-happy femme fatale,
Outstretched fingers and love me tendrils,
Beckoning you to a pointy reckoning.

Craving the patter of tiny feet,
The gnat-like tread
Of dead meat walking;
Unwitting prey
Threading its way,
On tiptoe through
Her two lips.

Watch your step
And find the gap.
Mind her
Ruby booby trap.
Too late, wham bam,
Thank you, ma’am;
Lockdown, lockjaws,
Cage doors slam.

The chlorophyll clam
And her latest squeeze;
Belle dame sans merci,
Bon appétit.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.