A Sunday Poem: “Victims”


Intended as a place

of solemn reflection on the

meaning of oppression,

the Memorial to the Victims of Communism

has already claimed

a growing list of casualties:

the citizens of Ottawa;

the Mayor;

the NCC;

the Supreme Court.


Even before construction begins.


If this trend continues,

they will soon be eligible

for a Memorial to the Victims of “Democracy”.



(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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