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Chameleon

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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  • 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?

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  • 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!

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