A Poem: “School Of Thought”


In the Conservatives’ School of Economics,

Canada is not in a recession;

it’s only going through a contraction

of the energy sector.


In their Faculty of Environmental Science,

climate change and Kyoto

aren’t on the curriculum.

Our planet is fine,

despite contractions of the polar ice caps

and the disappearance of the world’s glaciers.


And in their School of Medicine – I suppose –

women don’t go into labour.

They merely experience 60-second long


sometime around the due date.



(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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