A Poem — “Canadian Oasis”

 

My neighbour

bought two palm trees

to decorate his pool.

 

I couldn’t hide my admiration.

 

“These can grow 20-feet high,” I said,

“and live for decades!”

 

He nodded.

 

“Where will you keep them in winter?”

I asked.

 

He seemed surprised.

 

“The city will take them,”

he said,

“together with the Christmas tree.

Next summer

we’ll buy new ones.”

 

(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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