A Poem: “Self-Inflicted”


In Dali’s

Soft Construction with Boiled Beans,

limbs are scattered, face twisted in pain.

A grotesque figure

rips itself to pieces.


Spain, 1936, on its way to Civil War.


In Brexit 2019,

a country is torn down

without a war.


Democracy allows it.


(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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