A Sunday Poem — “Census”


The Liberals bring back the

long-form census.


A bizarre move.


Data collected may be helpful in

poverty reduction,

transportation improvement,

employment forecasting,

immigration planning,

city investment in schools, hospitals,

and overall, allow for

evidence-based policy making.


Other than that,

do we really need it?


(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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