A Sunday Poem: “Honour”


A rose

named after Queen Elizabeth II.


Decades of reign

held in pink petals and

thorny stems.


A car

named after President Lincoln.


Leadership during the Civil War

and abolition of slavery

captured in V6 engine

and heated leather seats.


A horsefly

named after Beyoncé.


22 Grammy Awards

and human rights activism

embodied in a six-legged,

golden-abdomen Australian pest.


A bra

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)

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