A Poem: “Strong & Free”


The Liberals

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)

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