A Poem: “Life Is Precious”


A germ

found on Mars

would force a rethink of

history, science, even

the Bible.


At the flu shot clinic,

the nurse swabs my skin

with alcohol.


She wants to kill the germs.


(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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