“At The Lunchroom Table”


“We need to help immigrants,”

says Sylvain,

sinking his teeth

into a Double Angus Burger

he gets at Harvey’s.



says Stephanie,

sipping Iced Mocha Latte

from Tim Hortons.


Anne joins them,

unwrapping the chicken donair,

tabouli, and baba ganoush

she gets at the Lebanese bakery.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, writes for Blacklock’s each and every Sunday)

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