I hope I don’t cause any offence to the world’s Catholics with the following few lines recording today’s Papal history in light-hearted vein.
RHYMING LINES ON A NEW POPE
The eyes of the world turned to Rome
Not far from famed St Peter’s dome.
Waiting for white smoke to billow
Cardinals were there forgathered
For views and votes – no blather.
Their weighty task, to choose a Pope;
Among their number, several hoped.
Then, in no time at all it seemed,
Pale smoke round the globe was beamed.
“Habemus Papam”, we all hear
A quick decision – then the cheer.
Argentinian Holy Father –
South American, if you’d rather.
In any case, he’s not European –
More a Latino empyrean.
So a new papal era starts
Hope in our heads, love in our hearts.
For Pope Francis, let’s all elate
And launch a new pontificate.
© Martin Rickerd 2013