Winter 1996 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 Poetry |

Floridian Psychology

The leaves are full of chameleons, licks of lanky arabesques that leap from leaf to palm, or drop from eaves, raining from unguttered roofs. Shooting in short bursts of speed down the gray-green bark   of twisted trees, they zip from color to color, nearly camouflaged. Not the least attractive of reptilia, some have been known to house in aquariums complacently and entertain bored schoolchildren   during winter storms. They thrive, however, in luscious, unspoiled cover of subtropical vegetation, well- suited to the backwashes of Florida. Agile, deceptive, swift—one may note an uncanny likeness to the id.   The ego, on the other hand, is clumsy, lugged from one place to another like suitcases of winter clothes or cellos on public transportation—or rather like the slow, endangered manatees, blubber-faced clowns of warm tidal   river basins, locked in to near- extinction by pleasure-seeking power boats. One sees them periodically, lost in blatant

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