Cleo

Helena Bebirian

Joined December 2009

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Dimension: 22"X28" on Stretch Bar Gesso Treated canvas

Medium: Acrylics

Something about camels that are special. They have long thin legs, can run, and cross deserts. Beautiful eyes and long eyelashes to protect them during their long travels in the sands. The camel’s name here is "Cleo,’’ obviously a short-name after the Egyptian Queen, “Cleopatra.”

Cleopatra’s Last Cocktail Party

“Name your poison,” said the host.
“You look as if you’d seen a ghost.”
Drink up—it can’t be all that bad;
I hate to see you look so sad.”
She looked at him through kohl-rimmed eye,
“Martini,” she said.
“Extra dry.

“I’ve missed the Mark,
I’ve lost my lands,
Sweet Egypt’s slipping through my hands.
So now they’ll march me off to Rome,
And never let me come back home.
They will parade me though the streets
With all the shame that conquerors mete
To a proud queen whom the years
Have rendered dry though reign of tears.

“Ah well,
What’s past is past,
And done is done.
I’ve lived a lifetime in the sun;
My course was swift
And swiftly run.
Tomorrow comes without our care;
Regrets are neither here nor there.

“But now I think I’ll have a smoke;
Longevity is just a joke—
Could you give me a light?
And by the way,
I’d have to say
To hell with this stupid diet!
So what if I should gain a pound—
Who knows how long I’ll be around?
I may indulge in something sweet;
What does it matter what I eat?
So please don’t think that I’m a pig,
I’m simply dying for a fig.”

Poet-Faith Goble

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