Poem: “Tightrope Walker”


Ottawa’s mayor
shows courage.

He stands up
to the powerful, deep-pocket owners
of the Chateau Laurier,
telling them
their proposed addition
to the landmark hotel
is as ugly as a shipping container.

He then prepares
for the city council’s meeting
where he votes to approve the design.

“That is leadership,”
he tells reporters,
wearing his dark blue suit
and a matching, black-and-blue tie.


(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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