Poem: “Canadian Flagship”


We don’t subsidize

our aerospace industry.


We just hand them a

15-year interest-free, 372 million dollar


so those at the helm

can turn the ship as they please

– shares, bonuses, and salary hikes, to senior executives –

leaving 14,500 laid-off employees to

fend for themselves.


The sign may say Bombardier;

the course, Costa Concordia.


(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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