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Do chameleons ever forget

how to change?

Do they lose themselves

in the backdrops.

Forget skins on tree branches,

upon broad, flat leaves?

Where water pools in stills,

catching light like a trap.

Do they see themselves

or just the skin they wear



So I’ve just had a bit of surprise while scrolling through the wordpress reader! My poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ has been accepted and published on The Drabble. They did email me to let me know but I hadn’t check my email this afternoon and happened on my submission mostly by accident.

I do believe the dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille night is the perfect way to celebrate.

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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


    • Perhaps so. I’ll admit I prefer the childish impression of chameleons being able to change their appearance to match anything rather than it being temperature based and far more limited. Thanks for popping by Bjorn.

  1. That is a very good question. And do they sit on pink lotus flowers because they think the colour suits them better than boring tree green?

  2. Glenn Buttkus says

    This is the second chameleon poem out here on the trail; love your take on the theme. As a kid, I used to think snowshoe rabbits were chameleons. I enjoy the Sci Fi “shape-shifters” now; far more versatile.

  3. You wonder if chameleons ever get worn out having to stay alert to change! Great take on the prompt and particularly like the thought of them losing themselves in the backdrops .. now there’s an interesting metaphor ….

  4. Ah…your post here poses a question in my mind. If a chameleon is simply lying in front of a mirror, what color would it be?

  5. I love chameleons. They are cute in an odd sort of way. And I wonder, do they choose when to change, or is it automatic? What if they’re trying to get noticed by an agent and don’t want to blend in? 😉

    Oh, and contracts on being published on The Drabble. I’ll have to check it out.

    • Thank you Linda. Something way back in my head is saying temperature comes into it but I can’t quite remember. Must be frustrating if you’re trying to be noticed and all you can do is blend in. Oh wait! I know that feeling too.

  6. If you change too much to fit in with what’s around you, I think you inevitable lose touch with yourself. You have to keep a little bit of you green, or pink, or tartan, or whatever.

    • There more of yourself that you can keep the better in my opinion. It’s not easy but it’s better that losing it all. Thanks for stopping by Sarah. 😀

  7. Oooh, that is very nice. Lots to think about there, and great imagery. How do we know ourselves as changed, changing, changelings.

  8. How does one truly change their nature, not just their pretense? Can someone really? Interesting question Carol, something to ponder…

  9. Beverly Crawford says

    Ah, chameleons be the royalty of change! I love your considering what they must think!

  10. I had exactly same reaction as Rob so I’ll just ditto. Loved the way your chameleon changed her skin for us as the comments rolled by.

  11. Congrats on the published poem. That is an interesting question – maybe they do know its only their skin changing.

  12. Oh my, I love the perspective in this. It seems to be so much deeper than just a lizard.

  13. I really like your ending… Perhaps we are the chameleons who look in the mirror and wonder who we really are!??

  14. sanaarizvi says

    Congratulations on the published poem, Carol! This is a powerful poem!! ❤️

  15. I’ve only read one post and I’m already in love with your poetic soul and your stream of consciousness writing. So beautiful. Thank you for putting your authentic self out there for us to celebrate. If you get a chance I would love it if you checked my blog out, I feel that it would resonate with you! Looking forward to reading more!

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