The Sentient Creature Feature
{A Bumbershoot Special Feature}

Antonia Clark

works for a medical software company in Burlington, Vermont.

A former creative writing instructor, she’s currently co-administrator of an online poetry forum, The Waters.

She has published poetry and short fiction in The Chimaera, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Missouri Review, MiPOesias, Rattle, and elsewhere.

She loves French travel, food, and wine, and plays French café music on a sparkly purple accordion.

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True Colors

Cunning chameleon,
dapper didactyl,
changing its coat with
each change of its mood.

Bold advertiser
of sexual readiness,
something like people,
but even more shrewd.

Sporting a tail that can
curl up compactly,
snapping up prey
with a flick of its tongue.

Cleverly camouflaged,
patiently waiting,
the lizard eludes us
until it has sprung.