“In Case You’re Wondering”


The newspaper promises

to put readers’ interest first

while making an impact

on people’s lives.


I turn to the Science section.


Here’s a study, four years old,

about phytoplankton;

said to release half the world’s oxygen

into the atmosphere.


The process requires iron;

the researcher speculates

where that might come from.


At the bottom of the page,

mystery solved:

feces of whales

10 million times richer in iron

than the ocean water.


I take a deep breath.


(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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