Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sea Daffodils--By Paul Callus--Malta

Sea Daffodils

On the island of Comino*
Naked rocks are burning hot,
Without mercy, sun at midday
Robs the shade from every spot.

It’s a bare, desolate area,
Here the snakes are free to crawl,
Lazy lizards meditating
Where the gnarled wild bushes sprawl.

I trudge on towards the inlet
Drawn by water cyan blue;
It’s deserted and inviting
For it’s known only to few.

I arrive and there to greet me
On dry sand a wondrous sight
I behold sensual, alluring
Virgin flowers dressed in white. 

*Comino is one of the islands that
   form the Maltese Archipelago

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. Wow Paul, what imagery! I really enjoyed the poem. I have never seen the Island of Comino, but your description painted a vivid picture for me. Now I am curious and want to see some photos so I can see if I pictured it right in my mind. Thank you for sharing your talent with us here on Whispers.

  2. Really bright visuals your words highlight here Paul..'

  3. I enjoyed reading your lovely poem Paul. I could visualize being where you described so nicely, but I'll pass on the lizards & snakes. Best wishes, Chris~

  4. I love this, Paul, especially the last stanza. Nicely done. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  5. Lovely imagery, Paul. I would love to visit this island some day! Thank you
    for sharing.

  6. Paul, the imagery of this poem is breath taking and as startling as such a vision would be in real life. Excellent poem! Fabulous read!


  7. Paul, it is clear to me reading this poem of yours, that you are a naturalist by nature and a writer from the depths of your being. I love the way your poem ends, painting a wonderful word picture of the beautiful, white flowers. Isn't is awesome how, in the most unlikely places, there is always a beautiful part of life which we cannot ignore! Sheri

  8. I am so happy to see you here at Whispers Paul. This poem is outstanding and one of your best. You took me there and it was beautiful. Thank you for my short journey! Blessings, Connie

  9. Lovely Imagery .. I wish to see them one day.. :)!

  10. Hi Paul:
    Always nice to read your work, I love the surprises that nature can bestow annd you captured the wonder perfectly.