named after Queen Elizabeth II.
Decades of reign
held in pink petals and
named after President Lincoln.
Leadership during the Civil War
and abolition of slavery
captured in V6 engine
and heated leather seats.
named after Beyoncé.
22 Grammy Awards
and human rights activism
embodied in a six-legged,
golden-abdomen Australian pest.
named after Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.
(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)