“Portrait Of A Leader”


George W. Bush

presents a collection of portraits:

heads of state

met in person.


The sharp eye

of the former president

captures revealing views

of these individuals:

Two dimensional,

no deeper than oil on canvas.


Remind them of the latest scandal,

or throw the truth in their face,

and they look through you –




Oh, there’s a self-portrait too.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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