The chameleon

Poem by Walter Ancarrow

hews the hue from pith and peel

to sublimate the color wheel

refracted in sun-speckle drops

like lemon macaroons. It sops

up the palate’s palette cake

and engineers a prism break

above entablatures of trees

to slip into the backdrop frieze

and coalescent with the light

cleave itself from human sight.




American Arts Quarterly, Summer 2015, Volume 34, Number 3