Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tiger Snakes--By Paul Callus--Malta

Tiger Snakes

Along the coastal areas
in wetlands and by creeks
the tiger snakes are waiting
alert, with bloated cheeks.

They hide in expectation
where timber rots away,
in matted vegetation
and leafage in decay.

Thick-bodied, plain or banded
right down to robust tails,
with brightly varied colours
and overlapping scales.

Their venom can be fatal.
They strike in self defence.
When threats become a danger
they go on the offence.

The tiger snakes are waiting
to catch unwary prey,
betraying no emotion.
Their patience lasts all day.

Paul Callus is a Maltese author who writes both in Maltese and English. He has contributed to several anthologies. Apart from poetry he writes lyrics for songs and has published two books, one a story book aimed at children (related to his experience as a teacher) and a historical book based on research.


  1. oh, kind of scary write here, Paul - wouldn't like to meet any of those critters, LOL - well written, as ever, of course

    1. Thank you Jack; always a pleasure to have you stopping by. Hope life is being kind to you:) All the best. // paul

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting, Terry. All the best. // paul

  3. I love nature poems that incorporate fact. Thank you for sharing this at Whispers. -- Laura M Kaminski

    1. Thank you Laura. I'm glad that you found this to your liking. ~ Regards // paul