Poem: “We Stand On Guard”


If you suspect

a terrorist is living in your neighbourhood

you’d be relieved to know

he’s moving overseas,


with the new anti-terror legislation

Canada will disrupt his plans

– take away his passport –

so he can still meet you

at the grocery store,

see you

at the gas station,

open his door to your kids

on Halloween night,

all in the name of

Public Safety.


(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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