A Poem — “The Best Service”


The clinic is under



Paint cans

in the waiting room,

tarp on the floor.


Sign says

“We are improving the facility to serve you better.”


In the magazine rack,

last year’s American Scientist;

a six-year-old Canadian Geographic;

and a thirteen-year-old

Guinness Book of World Records.


(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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