A Poem — “First Thing First”


Homicides in Ottawa

hit a record high.


24 bodies in 2016; more than Montreal.


At police headquarters,

plans are drawn

to raid pot dispensaries.

Officers know it’s a race against time;

legislation is coming.


(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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