A poem to bring perspective to holiday gift giving

 
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.
 

Harriet Shenkman

Harriet Shenkman

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.

Shenkman_camel

2 Comments

  1. Ah, the joy of grandchildren. Just finished an email to a friend who is visiting Lisbon. The very country which was called Pork-u-gel by my dancing Irish grands!

    Enjoy the holiday respite. (?)
    jj

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