Once a horrid creature I saw
A sly creepy spooky look it had!
Two big fireballs were its eyes
With a thump it boldly walked
All alert, with alacrity it could pounce
Asphyxiating an unwary victim
Its long pincer like claws clenched
Giving no chance of escape
Like a python its prey’s bones it could crush
With its gleeful twining embrace!
Gulping its kill and
Too heavy to move
To its hide out it retires
Lying dormant for a while
Let its docile ways not fool you
For hawk eyed it’s-
Always on the look-out
Of another innocent careless prey
An insatiable hunger it has!
Like a typhoon all life it can destroy
Oh, what a terribly wretched creature it was!
~Anuradha S. Bannore