“Safety First” — A Poem


Public transit

becomes dangerous.


More robberies,

sexual assaults

than ever.


Police storm bus stations,

charging three

for possessing open alcohol containers,

and no less than forty-nine

for failure to produce

proof of payment.


For all other needs,

please call 911.


(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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