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Below is the poem entitled Camouflage which was written by poet Caleb Smith. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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You might say camo's not a color
But it's still my favorite one
It paints the world around me
Under the moon, or under the sun

Shades of green, shades of grey
Shades of brown, shades of black
Just like my changing moods
It gives the shade I lack

I'm often lost in the world around me
Try and find me if you can
Hey! You're looking my direction
Am I a tree ... Am I a man?

I've had many close encounters
Under the cover of camo
I had a coyote jump over me once
And I've grabbed the tails of armadillos

I've felt the purr of bobcats ... Too close!
And seen panthers chasing deer
Although the Game and Fish Commission
Will say panthers do not live here

I was once attacked by a turkey
While disguised as a rival jake
But, boy was he surprised
A fine meal he did make

So to me ... camo is a color
Fitting for every occasion
And if race is defined by a shade
Just call me camocasian

*Note--A jake is basically a teenage male turkey. A gobbler (longbeard) is a mature male turkey, and they like to beat-up on jakes during mating season.

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  1. Date: 7/7/2014 10:05:00 AM
    I sure learned some new terms here, Caleb! "Camocasian"-- very witty! I do find it quite cool how you were able to get that near to all those animals, you definitely should write a book about your experiences-- I do find it so fascinating how animals can camouflage themselves... I hope all is well with you and your family!

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 5:43:00 AM
    There are many hidden meanings in your superb poem... I have enjoyed reading a lot!!! You are a powerful writer!

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 2:50:00 PM
    Your poems are always so exciting. Another great verse! Always, Laura

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 1:45:00 PM
    Camo is a lovely colour which can be used in lots of things..even on hats and swimwear.I love the adventorous colour.Sweet camocasian poem penned.Im sure calamaontes love the colour makes them go unseenB-)

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 2:58:00 AM
    This is a brilliant and witty poem Caleb. Really enjoyed reading your encounters and metaphors with Camouflage-- we all have our own I guess. Mine is my very long 'age-inappropriate' hair :)

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 9:46:00 PM
    The cougars are taking over around here!!! And it never even occurred to me camouflaged wasn't a color...hummmm...guess I really should get out more....great story always,,,,

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 1:25:00 PM
    You camocasian, you... lol. I used to wear camo denim pants a lot and everyone mocked me for it. I've never been hunting, but I just liked the design. There is a strange joy in being obscure or invisible, in a crowd of people... you get to become the observer looking in (which is akin to a poet's attitude). Very nicely done!

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    Date: 5/8/2013 1:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    HAHAHAHAH! This is funny! Sorry, Timothy..I was trying to get that on MY post below. :(
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 5/8/2013 1:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry might consider taking something to spread on the grass to keep them ants and inspects from getting too close to your....legs! ;) Believe will be worth your while...bugs and all included!
  1. Date: 5/8/2013 11:12:00 AM
    That last line was the icing on the cake! Well done! want that cake in camo too? ;) BTW...thanks for your post on my poem, Sick to the Core. Might take you up on it next time there is a downpour! Hugs

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 10:20:00 AM
    - Maybe one day I find you .......... - The forest cool men, fits perfectly camouflage colors. - A nice poem Caleb. - Have a nice day behind your tree. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 8:49:00 AM
    And HOWDY right back! haha. I have been MIA around here lately because I just started a new job. I have discovered that mental exhaustion is a creativity-killer! I see you have posted quite a few new poems since my last visit. I'll check them out when I get the chance :)

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 8:47:00 AM
    I LOVED reading this one!! It's clever and funny and interesting - as usual. Another great example of how different our worlds are haha. Great job, my friend!

  1. Date: 5/8/2013 8:43:00 AM
    Intresting! Did you really see those animals? I saw an armadillo once and it "freaked me out". Good luck in the contest! Peace & Blessings Matthew Anish