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September 2, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Enemy, mine

Samuri Kusunoki Masashige on horse statute. (Jim Epler/Flickr/

Samuri Kusunoki Masashige is about as menacing as it gets. That’s what it was like. (Jim Epler/Flickr/

Bystanders can get hurt. Everybody knows that.

Why did I step out on the porch without thinking.

And froze.

’cause there they were:

One a smooth café au lait color

The other dark – looking rough with street smart black tats down neck and body.

Circling each other – with feints forward challenging – wide open mouths jawing insults at each other like middle school boys.

Actors. Gang boys in West Side Story production. (Image by Thomaschange/

That’s the exact look they had in their eyes. I was I was too, close enough to see. Intent was clear. (Thomaschange/

Then the two fighting lizards noticed me


On the porch. With a watering can.

Just trying to keep a little water in a plant coaster during excessive heat days.

There for any small visitors – but they didn’t care.

Instantly the chameleons swiveled parallel to each other.

Shoulders bunched and stiffened, to confront me in full  puffed out, red-throated aggressive stances.

Suddenly with something looming over them, their differences were less than what they had in common.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. 

Lizard Monster. King Kong vs Godzilla, 1962 film trailer (USPD pub. date, artist life/Commons,

The one on the left was a mini-me Godzilla. (USPD/Commons,

And me without a camera. (Lawyers say videos are pure gold at trials)

The little garden guys do know this is a pesticides free zone? No food desert for them here. Only a large dog who wants to play.

Quickly I retreated back inside, grabbed phone, and darted back out in hopes….


Probably stunning their respective clans about the dangerous, close encounter.

Pondering later,

I could not hear the insults they flung at each other, but that doesn’t meant they didn’t. Human abilities are poor compared to others’. Science has proved humans have comparatively limited ranges of hearing, sight, smell, and other senses.

If each species’ society mirrors those greater and smaller – just in different realms of their own realities – do you think the two could have retreated home to tell tales of encountering an alien being, a mythological creature, a Jack and Beanstalk giant, or even perhaps an omniscient, omnipresent, and omnibenevolent god?

Oh, what a grand universal series of Tolkien-like novels could be written from their perspective. 

Warrior in battle with large supernatural being. Russian fairly tale Rusian and Lyudmila. Porcelain relief on cofee pot by Bystrushkin (image: Soli 1705 cr released/

Strikes me that this is really in your face. (Porcelain relief of fairy tale/

Drifting into alternative realities – the realm of fantasy, science fiction writers and their truths…

  • “There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” (Aldous Huxley)
  • “Man is so intelligent that he feels impelled to invent theories to account for what happens in the world. Unfortunately, he is not quite intelligent enough, in most cases, to find correct explanations. So that when he acts on his theories, he behaves very often like a lunatic.” (Aldous Huxley)
  • “We cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way” (Aldous Huxley)

All that bites a little bit from this perspective

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Eerie. (insert “Twilight Zone” theme as you consider how timely.)

Is freedom necessary? From 1958



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  1. disperser / Sep 2 2020 6:55 am

    It’s rare I get caught without a camera (actual or phone) but it’s assured that if I do, it’s when a camera would be most needed and photo opportunity least likely to repeat.

    . . . it’s like if the Universe knows!

    . . . or, it’s that those are the moments we remember most because the other times we snapped 257 photos.


  2. Kate Crimmins / Sep 2 2020 7:08 am

    I always miss the most incredible pictures of cats and wildlife. I’m left with lipid photos of sleeping critters.


  3. Ally Bean / Sep 2 2020 7:12 am

    I love that last Huxley quote. It is the leitmotif of our times.


  4. pensitivity101 / Sep 2 2020 7:34 am

    Good film actually (Dennis Quaid and Lou Gossett Jnr)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2020 7:49 am

      Yes it was. Debated on post title, but that choice sort of set up the story. Thanks for filming a comment


      • pensitivity101 / Sep 2 2020 7:53 am

        It was a good post, and the line ‘The Enemy of my Enemy is my friend’ was also used in the first Alien vs Predator movie (and no doubt quite a few others as it’s a good line!).

        Liked by 1 person

  5. marina kanavaki / Sep 2 2020 7:38 am

    Typical, isn’t it?!!!! 😉 At least you lived to tell the story! 😂🤣 😉 Thank you for the Aldous Huxley treat. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 2 2020 7:53 am

      That lizard joust would have gone viral – if only…
      Reality is really wilder than fiction.
      One of my painting instructors and long time mentors knew Huxley and Dali. What an era they inhabited.
      Thanks for drifting this way

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  6. sustainabilitea / Sep 2 2020 1:37 pm

    Phew! I’m so relieved you emerged from the encounter unscathed, but I’m sorry about the photo. That’s often how those things work unfortunately. Very meaty quotes today.



  7. Anne Mehrling / Sep 2 2020 2:43 pm

    Those critters told some amazing stories after their encounter with you. Too bad we can’t hear them.


  8. Trent Lewin / Sep 2 2020 6:58 pm

    If only animals had cameras and could take photos of our disagreements… that would be epic.


  9. angelswhisper2011 / Sep 3 2020 10:23 am

    😸Pawkisses for a Happy Thursday, Philmouse🐾😽💞


  10. Littlesundog / Sep 6 2020 10:01 am

    Were those lizards Green Anoles? It seems any time we go to Dallas in the late summer I see these small critters in some kind of disagreement and standoff! They’re comical to watch. Now then, if these were larger lizards of some kind – and I know you have many in your neck of the woods, I would have retreated indoors!

    What struck me – and was so important for me to see, was the Youtube video at the end. The “end cards” which appear on the video lower left corner and “end screen” that comes up after the video have been irritating the hell out of me when trying to post video to my own blog. I finally took time to research and there is no way to get rid of either issue. You cannot even pay to have them removed. Seeing the video you posted helped me accept that it is the way it is, and that it really isn’t anything to get twisted about.


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