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.




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, writes for Blacklock’s each and every Sunday)

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