Poem: “Vive la Différence”


The federal government promotes

gender-neutral language.


“Flight attendant” not

“steward” or “stewardess”,

“server” not

“waiter” or “waitress”,

singular “their” rather than

“his” or “her”.


Some invent Peoplekind

to replace Mankind.


The Prime Minister’s website

has yet to join.


Activities are His visits, His speeches,

Governor General is Her Excellency,

the Monarch is still Her Majesty the Queen.



(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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