A Sunday Poem: “Vote”

 

Election time

in the City of Ottawa.

 

I check the list of candidates.

 

They all promise the same

as others before them:

more jobs, better roads, low taxes.

 

But

 

who will confess

they have no solution

to homeless shelters

 

who will disclose

there’s no definitive deadline

for the Light Rail Transit project

 

who will admit

they cannot reroute trucks

away from the downtown core

 

who will acknowledge

organic garbage recycling program

doesn’t meet its goals

 

who will confirm

the city’s $2 billion debt

is here to stay

 

who will remove

the dead squirrel

from Alta Vista Drive

 

(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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