‘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, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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