A Pontifical Poem--Be It Ever So Backdated
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As usual, I have to begin with
While I'm rationalising, I'd like to point out another good thing about having been so busy. Something very significant happened last Wednesday--which, given my time zone and schedule, I did not find out about until Thursday--and because I did not write my poem before it happened, I was able to write about it.
Question: Why do you never wear those shoes?
To be shod in such shoes as these--
To walk a mille anni mile--
To have a holy father's feet--
Faith undefeated by denial:
Is Peter's throne your final trial?
Benedictus--like a balm
Conclave calamitous--then calm.
Habemus Franciscum papam.
Pontificate--and martyr's palm?
Now let's hope I am as ham-handed at prophecy as I am at poetry! I thought long and hard--well, all of an hour--about whether or not to include that last line. One of my good friends is a talented literary editor and she could tell me exactly what is wrong with it; but it is possibly for the sake of our friendship that she has never commented on my poetry!
This was another lean month for players--but hey, it's Lent! =P Dylan, whenever you're ready, link up your March masterpiece!