A Poem — “The Conclusion”


Six killed

in Ottawa’s bus-train collision.


Dozens injured.


Transportation Safety Board

releases its report,

recommending a grade separation for that



Meaning the bus should go on one level,

the train on another.


Two years to figure out

that if the bus and the train hadn’t


the accident wouldn’t have



(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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