“Greeting Cards” – A Poem


The chain promises

cards for every occasion.


I search the collection;

inventory not nearly as complete

as claimed.




Our sincere condolences

for the death of your mistress;

we know how close you were.



on your successful ED treatment!


We were saddened to hear

about the revocation of your driving licence.


Our deepest sympathy

for the loss of your beloved mayor

to corruption.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, has published his first collection of poems Martians Among Us with In/Words Press)

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