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, writes for Blacklock’s  each and every Sunday)

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