Sunday Poem: “Imperial”


It is decision time
for the future of Ottawa’s
Lansdowne Park.

The Mayor says,
those who oppose privatization
probably oppose
the metric system too.

I wonder how the Mayor
orders a foot-long at Subway
where they never heard
of a 30.48 centimetres long sandwich
and how he handles topics
one should not touch with a ten foot
– oops, 3.048 metres pole.


(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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