A Sunday Poem — “CHEO”


Ice-skating falls

send thousands each year

to emergency rooms.


Children are the most vulnerable.


The grand prize of this year’s

Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario’s lottery:

A fully furnished, 1.5 million dollar home, featuring

an 18-feet high, freestanding fireplace,

oak cabinets,

and three-dimensional, hexagon marble tiles in the

kitchen and the master bathroom.


In the basement,

a private rink.


(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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