Sunday Poem: “Celebration”


Ottawa marks 150

in a year-long festivity.


I see it in my morning paper.


Arriving from France,

La Machine is marching

a spider and a horse-dragon

in a battle-of-the-giants.

They spit fire by the National Gallery,

by the Chateau Laurier,

and by the War Museum.


Coming from Quebec City,

Red Bull constructs

400 metre of downhill course

above the Rideau Canal locks,

gearing for the finals

of Crashed Ice World Championship.


And from England

a royal couple

on Canada Day.


The next pages,

colourful ads capture my attention.


A 10-day tropical splendor

in the Southern Caribbean.

A 20-night package

featuring Rio, Santiago, and Buenos Aires.

Or two weeks

in Rome, Monte Carlo, and Barcelona.


A dilemma.


Traveling far away, or

staying to enjoy

our own local treasures.



(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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