A Poem — “Lost Wars”


Ottawa’s green spaces

dotted with white clover, yellow dandelions.


The result of budget cuts and a

pesticide ban.


The City also struggles with

marijuana dispensaries.


Police close them down; they reopen

the next day.


Weed management

isn’t our strongest forte.



(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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