Karl Skala (3 February 1924 – 31 December 2006) was an Austrian poet.He started to write in 1943, while in Russia during the war. He earned recognition with the poem "Ein guter Kamerad", which he had written for his fallen friend and comrade Hannes.His first book of poetry, Feierabend-Andacht was published in 1956. It was followed by five more books. During his lifetime, Karl received many awards, including Das Goldene Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um das Bundesland Steiermark. Many of his poems were put to music. He was often invited to other countries and traveled extensively.