Christmas Shrimp

Noel bore down upon us
as Father hiked across the freeze.
Sis was wide-eyed;
“It’s Kris Kringle!” she cried,
and the dog barked at the moon.
No, it was Poppa.
Come home with a mysterious sack.
Something cold.
“Ahhh…” the children cooed.
We boiled the shrimp with a paddy sack of herbs-
after we sliced off their heads!
Mother averted her eyes.
The smells of the sea, yet:
Time to prepare a sauce.
Junior brought forth ketchup
to which I mixed-in one, two, three
drops of the potent Tabasco.
“Burn…” the children cried.
A beautiful Christmas.
Like a scene from a movie.
All of us were there,
our plates heaped with shrimp.
The splendor of the moon
flooding through the window.


Chris Lawson is a New Orleans-based artist, writer and filmmaker.

His works were included in Contemporary Art Center New Orlean’s recent “Ephemera Obscura” and were part of Louisiana Contemporary 2015 and 2016 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Lawson was a participating artist in Southern Abstraction 2016 and his work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (now part of National Gallery of Art) in Washington D.C., Java Contemporary Art Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Fosaj Art Center in Jacmel, Haiti.

Lawson creates music videos and album art for Communicating Vessels and Saddle Creek Records.