‘Leader of the Pack’: A Poem


The world,

caught off guard

as Russia takes control

of Crimea.


All eyes on Ottawa.


In a late night meeting,

a stern warning

is handed down

to a sweaty ambassador:

Moscow must immediately restore

Ukraine’s sovereignty,

or the Canada-Russia joint training

of the national curling teams

will be suspended.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, writes for Blacklock’s each and every Sunday)

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