“Olympic Spirit”: A Poem



Beneath a colourful display

of peace and friendship,

athletes in Sochi 2014

compete under the most unusual



Surrounded by security personnel,


helicopter gunships,

they strive for peak performance

while their email accounts are sniffed,

text messages intercepted,

social media monitored –

so that no terrorists, gays,

or other such extremists

spoil the spirit

of the greatest show

on Earth.


(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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