A Sunday Poem: “Tyranny”


Security cameras

caught you stealing.


In one country

they take you to the city square,

amputate your hand.


In another

they bring you to court,

lay charges,

present the evidence.


You ask me to join you

in demanding an end

to such acts of oppression.


After all,

authorities should not be spying

on their own citizens.


(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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