A Sunday Poem: ‘Little Wars’


In the 1980s,

Amsterdam installed new devices

outside public buildings.


The pee deflectors.


Strategically located,

they cause the jet

to bounce back

at the perpetrator.


These days in Hamburg,

a high-tech water-repellent paint

achieves the same effect.


I can’t help a touch of envy.


Through the window

I see my neighbour walk his dog.


They approach the canine’s favourite spot

in my front yard.


(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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