Sunday Poem: “Engineered”

 

I dreaded her.

My Grade 6 English teacher

who beat at the blackboard

with her chalk.

 

Imagined this immense fibreglass structure

– half the wall –

detaching, falling, crushing her underneath.

 

Studied it for days.

 

Affixed with only four screws,

I concluded it’s doable.

 

Today, brought my

screwdriver.

 

(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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