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)