Images of a parent’s mystery from a boomer poet

Almost all the time, BoomerCafé publishes prose. But once a month, we’re delighted to show off the talents of a boomer who has become our Poet-In-Residence, Harriet Shenkman of Westchester, New York. She has just put out a book called “Teetering,” which is full of images like Mother’s Mystery, which you’re about to read!

Harriet Shenkman

Harriet Shenkman

a heady whiff of
Silent Night toilet water

the dotted black veil
to her rouged cheeks

lips painted deep rose
intimating secret tastes

fake pearl earrings pasted
in a flower shape

Shenkman_Harriet_Covermidnight black seams
disappearing into her skirt

the soft smell of
her mouton coat

her missing big toe
hinting of disaster

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Claude Nougat

Intriguing (what’s this about the big toe???)…and very romantic – many thanks for posting, I enjoyed it very much!

Eric Mondschein

Most engaging and intriguing. Leaves you wanting more. Thank you!


What an image,,very visual.

Linda Rosen

Intriguing. I’m still thinking about the images and wondering.