Chameleon by Sybille Sterk

Illustration to my poem Chameleon

Hiding in plain sight
Fading into the background
Shades and tones to match
True colours invisible to the eye.

Accent matched
Attitude adjusted
Body language suitable
Fitting right in
Being one with the environment.

Slave to the desire
Shackled to the wish
Tied to the need
To be one of them
To be just like them
Going along just to achieve admittance.

No one knows
Who you really are
No one realises
What you really think
No one has a clue
What you really feel.

Acceptance -
a mirage
Inclusion -
an illusion
Love and friendship –
based on deception.

Shedding your adjustable skin
Showing your true colours
Accepting rejection

Truth not illusion
Trust not deception -

Real life is worth a risk.


Illustration Credits:


Closeup by dust-stock


Leaves by Alison Ashwell

Dragonfly stock 7 by hatestock

Lake6 by Uzelena

Roots 2 by Tracie76Stock

dead tree stock by BreedStock

and more birds by mimose-stock


66 by sullenstock

137 by DadiLights

Plaster Cracked Texture 01 by goodtextures

Backblech 01 by sundel


Hair brush set by para-vine



Views: 227 July 2010

I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • Druidstorm
    Druidstormalmost 5 years ago

    Now this shines in both image and words; but it is the words that strike the illusion dead! Bravo my friend for your blade cuts down the veil!!!…)o(

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • shadowlee
    shadowleealmost 5 years ago

    extraordinary work and insightful writing

  • Thank you so much. Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroalmost 5 years ago

    love the image……and great description of a chameleon…….xoxo

  • Thank you so much Cos. :-) Glad you enjoyed it. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Laura Grogan
    Laura Groganalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful and poignant

  • Thank you so much Laura. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omaralmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful…both art & words!!!! xoxoxo

  • Thank you so much Sally. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • S .
    S .almost 5 years ago

    amazing work this is stunning
    wowwwww double wow

  • Thank you so much Shoaib. Glad you enjoyed them both. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 5 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you so much Antanas. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 5 years ago

    well done and a wonderful write risk ing all is the only true way !LIZ

  • Thank you so much Liz. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • texianlive
    texianlivealmost 5 years ago

    Really great work….so refined and complex. Truly beautiful.

  • Thank you somuch for the lovely comment. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Donna Ingham
    Donna Inghamalmost 5 years ago

    A perfect image to complete your poem!Stunning work! :-)

  • Thank you so much Donna. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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