It seems appropriate in this holiday season to put the barrage of gifts into perspective. That’s what BoomerCafé’s award-winning Poet-In-Residence, baby boomer Harriet Shenkman, does with her newest piece, Best Gift.
My favorite drawing is of a three-legged camel
created by a grand girl
who insists the picture is of three camels.
The two-humped creature (solid black humps)
stands under a fierce sun, rays beckoning
toward three scalloped white clouds.
The grinning dromedary is ready, ears alert, for
a wild party or a pail of figs,
all there is to know contained in the rendering,
the artist’s name in bold capital letters
straight up and declaring itself.