Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Art of Camoflage

Artist: Rachel Pentergrass
  The art of camoflage
depends on the ability to relinquish uniqueness
Uniqueness marks you
as a target
The art of camoflage
lies in grays and browns
muddy, muted colors
that blend without resistance
The art of camoflage
 relies on attention to subtle variations
and is betrayed by the smallest aberration
from the expected
The art of camoflage
requires self-expression be abandoned
for self-preservation
Garner attention
and you may find your tail
in a predator's fangs
You may lose part of yourself
in order to save the rest
of yourself
I tell you these things
because the world is not kind
and I want you to survive.
 submitted for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Sunday Mini Challenge, Dolls (Revisited)


Brian Miller said...

ugh, moving..feel your heart though...i dont want to live in a world of camoflague...how dull that would be...and i would not want it for my kid either..

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is excellent, LM. I especially like the way you established a relationship between the speaker and the reader at the end.

Helen said...

... the world is not kind.

Margaret said...

Ah... spoken from a scared, caring heart. But the caterpillar must turn into a butterfly and soar! This is really lovely... I love BOTH your poems.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Excellent and insightful poem.

Bryan White said...

It's all about keeping a low profile.

JustRex said...

Unless being camouflaged is your natural state, of course. Some of us just naturally hide really well. (grin)