“A Roar From The North”


The message leaves little room

for doubt.


The Americans should get their acts together

and decide on the Keystone pipeline;

they’ve been dragging their feet for too long

and Ottawa is losing its patience.


In the Oval Office,

a weary advisor

looks at his boss.

“It’s Stephen Harper, Sir;

the Canadian President, I think.”


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday) [photo City of Toronto Archives]

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