“Work Force Adjustment”


In the lobby of a federal building

three faces were smiling from the wall:

Her Majesty the Queen,

The Right Honourable Prime Minister,

and The Honourable Minister.


On the way to the parking lot

I saw a few

who did not smile that day;


they were further down the hierarchy.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, writes for Blacklock’s each and every Sunday)

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