A Poem: “Brothers In Arms”


The sale of arms to Saudi Arabia:



Armoured vehicles bound for the

National Guard,

protecting a pattern of tyranny and

human rights abuse.


Also on the export list:



A male-only campus

in the city of Jazan

– owned and operated by

Ottawa’s Algonquin College –

offering math, English, and

engineering programs.

Training the regime’s technocrats.


And even:



Rich in starch,




Nourishing solders,

security forces,

possibly even members of the

royal family.


Perhaps that’s what friends do.


(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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