Tag Archives: Namibia

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 – Brown hyena

The Remains of the Day

Crepuscular,
Muscular,
Maw agape;
Brown hyena
Taking shape.
Silent silhouette
Above his parapet
Of rock
Draws breath,
Takes stock,
Descends,
And prowls the strand
For signs of life
Or death.

Once more unto the beach
He wends, once more
And combs the shore.
Sniffer-out of
Unattended seal pups,
Snapper-up of
Unconsidered trifles,
Rifling his way
Through the remains
Of the day.

Shapeshifting demon,
Namibian ghost,
Making the most
Of the Skeleton Coast.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.