Sunday Poem: “Alienation”


Albertans believe
they are treated unfairly,
citing job losses,
environmental regulations
and difficulty in getting
resources to markets.

A growing number
call for separation
from Canada.

But where would they go?

I turn the page
of my morning paper.

Two Albertans,
Jenni Sidey-Gibbons and Joshua Kutryk,
just graduated
NASA’s Artemis program.

They would be the pioneers
exploring opportunities
on the Moon,
preparing for Mars.


(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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