‘Clean Hands’ — A Poem by Shai Ben-Shalom


If you visit the university campus,

you can spot a chemistry student

in the men’s washroom.



He is the one

washing his hands

before using the facility.


If you visit Parliament,

you can spot a cabinet member

in the House of Commons.


He is the one

washing his hands

while standing up,

answering a question.


(Editor’s note: the author is an Israeli-born biologist and weekly contributor to Blacklock’s published each and every Sunday).

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