Peaceable Kingdom

Who painted the lion?

I painted one
of my own design
and desire—kind,
leonine, not
a life-like lion
in the wild

but one imprisoned
on painted linen,
deprived of appetite,
provided with a smile
and friends (fox,
turtle, child) whom,
in nature, he would
probably consume.

Speaking of the Wife
of Bath—She
said we’d learn
the whole truth
if a woman’s life
were told by a woman
(or a lion’s by a lion.)


Artwork © Ira Joel Haber

Artwork © Ira Joel Haber


Sarah White’s forthcoming collection is Wars Don’t Happen Any More, from Deerbrook Editions. She Lives in Manhattan.

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 160 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.