Sunday Poem: “The Storm”

 

Winds of 100 km/h
batter Quebec.

Nearly a million customers
without power.

Hydro crews
wear orange protective gear,
gloves,
and hard hats.

In compliance with Bill 21
there are no crosses,
Stars of David,
turbans.

Reinforcement teams
from Michigan
Ottawa
and New Brunswick
must have passed
Quebec’s value test
before touching
those live wires.

 

(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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