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Master of Camouflage

In the forest, one I saw
Groping down a tree limb
Trembling like an old man
Dressed in a patchwork robe of
Green, gray, yellow and brown

Its colours were like the bark and leaves of the tree
At a glance, it could have been a cluster of
Yellow, brown and green leaves shaking in the wind
With a slow and deliberate gait
Changing colour at will to match the surrounding

The body gives the appearance of being rather compressed
With a pointed ridge along its back
Large eyeball, fused eyelids
Having only a small opening
Through which it looks for its preys

Shooting out its tongue several inches
Picking off insects with great skills
Lying horizontally in the back of its mouth,
A cone-shaped bone; the point forward

At its base, the long hollow tongue is anchored
Long muscles held the tongue
Pleated with accordion bellows
Compressed around the bone

Turning individually, its turret eyes
Within the range, an insect it spots
Powerfully, the long muscle contracts
And held the tongue over the bone
Like a compressed spring
The tip of the slippery bone tightens
And the tongue shoots out

Stuck on the gluey tip, the insect
Its long, limp tongue, slowly drawn in
Like a baby eating noodles
To see it again, a joy to the sight
This great chameleon!

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 1/10/2017 10:48:00 PM
Wonderfully descriptive poem, Adeniji. The chameleon can hide in plain sight, thus as your title states: a master of camouflage. Excellent poem, my friend. Love and best wishes to you.
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Date: 12/26/2016 6:30:00 AM
A barrage of camouflage followed by some sabotage which will be best if we do dodge. Over, out and rodg. jth
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 12/26/2016 4:07:00 PM
Sure, dodging it will be the best but then the world itself is a barrage of camouflage. Thank you my new poetic friend, James.
Date: 12/24/2016 4:07:00 PM
This is a fine description on the chameleon, and I've written a few poems about it, but with anthropomorphic characteristics. Humans are never quite what they claim or seem to be, if you get my point. Best to you in your writing endeavors. / M
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 12/24/2016 4:21:00 PM
I agree with you, Maurice. Humans are very hypocritical. To read that poem would be a great delight to my soul. Much love and respect...
Date: 12/24/2016 6:33:00 AM
The great Chameleon! What an imagery! Well done, Gideon. Solomon Ochwo Oburu
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 12/24/2016 8:39:00 AM
Thank you Solomon. I am glad to read your comment. Much love and happiness to you...
Date: 12/23/2016 4:36:00 PM
An impressive parade of descriptive images that bring to life the object in question dear, Adeniji! A seven!
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 12/23/2016 4:46:00 PM
Thank you, Demetrios. Much respect and adoration...
Date: 12/23/2016 1:43:00 PM
Such a vivid descriptive write Adeniji I have never seen a chameleon for real and you brought it to life with your wonderful words:-) hugs jan xx
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 12/23/2016 4:18:00 PM
Thank you, JAN. The chameleon is such a wonderful miniature creature you would love to behold someday.
Date: 12/22/2016 11:51:00 PM
I love them too!
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 12/23/2016 1:40:00 AM
Glad you love them, James. Enjoy your holiday...