“Knowledge-Based Policy”


The Liberals didn’t know

the deficit would be three times their



Nor did they know

international agreements

would be in their way of legalising



And how could they know

bringing in Syrian refugees

would be such a challenge

they couldn’t meet their own



I remember trying it in Grade 4,

telling my teacher

– straight face, eye contact –

that I didn’t know the homework was for today.


That evening,

Mom needed to write a note,




(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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