Treasure Island

Susan Lacovara

(1963 / New York)


I am, that I am...
A chameleon...
Shifting between the hues
That camouflage my insecurities,
That others will think I'm a natural fit
To the terrain of my environment

That I might remain hidden and safe
From the pretatory dangers
Of those that hunt out vulnerability,
And climb atop a warmed rock
To bask, uncaringly, in the sun

Skillfully scrambling, on feet,
(that cannot hurry me fast enough)
To blend into yet another backdrop
Of blues and greens and flecks of gold
Beneath branches of sudden escape

I am...that I am
A chameleons...
Ever ready to meld into a harmless entity
Eye-catchingly quick to disappear from sight
In a flash of changing color
Protected by the armor that is
My ingrained ability to adapt.

Submitted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 20, 2013

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(09/88/13) Only Change Is Certain.....

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  • Daniel Brick (5/22/2014 10:49:00 PM)

    I like to think that the chameleon is one of nature's pacifists - rather than risk a fight or incur the damage of turning the other cheek, the chameleon disappears in plain sight, blends with the environment to avoid confrontation. Your chameleon disquise keeps prying eyes from invading your privacy, protects you in broad daylight so you don't have to isolate yourself to be safe. Both motivations make this creature a winning, multivalent symbol. But these success stories distract from something else: WHY MUST WE HIDE OUR TRUE IDENTITIES FROM OTHERS BY ASSUMING THE CHAMELEON DISGUISE? Why indeed can't we be accepted for what we are? That's a collateral thought your poem suggested to me. (Report) Reply

  • Anthony Burkett (2/3/2014 4:17:00 PM)

    and as well is the only constant... Perhaps I am mistaken on this one.. but do I read a somewhat bittersweet indictment of human nature? ... hiding our frailties and insecurities from their descovery by others who would use them against us... aren't we are all chameleons to one degree or another? (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (9/18/2013 9:32:00 AM)

    'Ever ready to meld into a harmless entity
    Eye-catchingly quick to disappear from sight
    In a flash of changing color
    Protected by the armor that is
    My ingrained ability to adapt.'
    You have painted the picture beautifully! (Report) Reply

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