A Poem: “Live Update”


Just enough snow

to cover roads

with slime.


I listen to the radio,

weighing my options.


Innes Road bumper to bumper.

Rockliffe a parking lot.

Riverside brought to a halt.

Montreal Road a bottleneck.

On 417, a crawl.

On the bridges, chaos.


Easy to choose when informed.


(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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