A Poem — “Maple Syrup”


If I could tune my radio

to the exact frequency

of the Royal Canadian Air Force,

I would listen to CF-18 pilots

as they debate today’s agenda:

Are we bombing ISIL out of Iraq and Syria,

kicking Putin out of Ukraine,

or heading to Ottawa

for the flag, the anthem, and the fly-by

over Parliament Hill?


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday) Photo: DND

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