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

Immediate immersion into poem by way of well-paced images. Use of alliteration & assonance is instantly attractive in the opening stanza. - Zachary Tomaszewski, age 21

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 school-children
during winter storms. They thrive,
however, in luscious, unspoiled
cover of subtropical vegetations, well-
suited to the backwashes of Florida.
Agile, deceptive, swift—one may note
An uncanny likeness to the id.

I like this introduction to the ego after the id. I t gives them personalities. – Patricia Schlutt, age 16

The ego, on the other hand, is clumsy,

There is a surprise here with the subject change which makes the reader sit up and pay attention. – Kara Madden, age 23

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 paradise, heads surface-
mined and humps full-scarred,
“old bowling balls with eyes, but not so bright,” just below the surface

The quote is unexpected and a great image, but it also sort of brings the reader back to the clumsiness of the ego, since bowling balls seem to be clumsy. – Patricia Schlutt, age 16

of the estuary, nudging with primordial
care each other, or some harmless
human swimmer—a careless,
unassuming adolescent, suffering to be
both loved and left alone.

I could not see the “blatant paradise” and the “heads surface-mined and humps full-scarred” better if the author had painted this in front of my face. Amazing work. Clear example of showing not telling. – Aubrey Frey, age 13.
Through the 3rd Eye was supported in its inception by the Grand Rapids Humanities Council and is currently made possible by continued volunteer effort and private support. Copyright 2013.