“Astronaut In Rideau Hall”


The Governor General

could go easy

on those who prefer astrology, alternative medicine,

or biblical stories,

over facts and reason.


After all,

evolution didn’t only create

scientists and engineers.


It also created the artists, the spiritualists,

and the climate change skeptics.


And those who follow the scriptures

and believe in divine intervention

could forgive the Governor General.


After all,

God extends His grace

to the atheists too.


(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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