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



(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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