unveil their strategy
for national defence.
Consider every threat,
they conclude that one supply vessel
without guns to defend itself
(converted from a civilian cargo ship),
few second-hand fighter jets
to be purchased from Australia,
and four Sally-Ann-class submarines
(seaworthy at times)
would be sufficient to carry the Party
to the next election.
(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)