Sunday Poem: “Envisioning”


Plans are drafted

to shape Ottawa for the next 50 years.


The National Capital Commission

wants federal sites to become

“better integrated with their context”,


“more closely linked to the urban fabric of the community”.


I wonder which neighbourhoods

they consider ideal

for such organizations as

Canada’s spy agencies,

Correctional Service Canada,

or the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy.


(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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