Tag Archives: flora

Biodiversity challenge – Welwitschia

Awesome leaves

Bizarre bifoliate
Desert dweller,

Leathery-leaved
Primeval perennial,

Ancient appendaged
Coniferous conundrum,

Westerly wind-whipped
Shredded succulent,

Drought-defying
Namib native,

Sea-fog sifting
Moisture magnet,

Sunlight screening
Serpent shelter,

Money-making
Tourist trap,

Botanist baffling
Floral freak.

© 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.