A Poem – “A Helping Hand”


Facing growing criticism,

the Conservative government

will bring in 10,000 refugees,

help them settle in Canada.


Experts calculated

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)

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