“Mister Speaker”: A Poem


Sarah Silverman


we can laugh about everything,

but had she witnessed

the Canadian Government

refusing to answer a question

in the House of Commons

she wouldn’t have considered it funny,

and had she heard the Speaker

saying Question Period

isn’t Answer Period

– letting elected officials

reiterate the irrelevant –

she would have thought

it was even less amusing;

that’s why

Paul Calandra

and Andrew Scheer

can’t be found

in any of Sarah’s jokes,

in case you were



(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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