“Faceless” — A Sunday Poem


Newspaper articles

dealing with Canada’s prostitution laws

come with pictures.


Some show the face of the Justice Minister –

serous-looking, with

a white collar,

a suit,

a tie.

Others show the legs of a prostitute –

a mini skirt,

leather boots,

waiting on an unidentified

street corner.


Editors may not see

why the legs of the Justice Minister

would be relevant to the debate,

and the same goes

for the face of the prostitute.


(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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