Sunday Poem: “Crystal Ball”


In the year 2056,

Chapters will announce

a major expansion

to its gift section,

boosting the display of

decorative pillows, scented candles, and

specialty teas.

Books may still be found

on the remaining shelf

near the emergency exit.


Gillette will introduce its new

– and revolutionary –

17-blade razor,

in stores

just in time for Father’s Day.

You wouldn’t believe

the smooth, close shave it delivers.

Nothing like its predecessor, the

16-blade model.


And in the House of Commons,

the Minister of Public Services and Procurement

will announce

that the remaining 6,000 pay issues

will be resolved

by Christmas.


(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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