Facing growing criticism,
the Conservative government
will bring in 10,000 refugees,
help them settle in Canada.
this is the required number
for a strong showing on election day.
Certain conditions will apply, though.
Newcomers may not arrive from a country
known to support terrorism;
they’ll have to present proof of membership
with a recognised ice hockey association;
and no one can have his name
resembling that of a Muslim prophet.
So most of them will come from California,
after losing their homes to wildfires.
A few may be allowed
from the flash flooding region
in southern Utah.
(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)