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The Pope Resigns

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The Pope Resigns

Pope Benedict will leave his post,
A move unprecedented.
This news has come as quite a shock
To those he represented.

The Pope before him to step down,
From info I could glean,
Was Gregory XII, who left
In – yes! – 1415!

No wonder headlines blast this news,
For even laymen’s ears
Must hear how jolting this must seem – 
It’s been six hundred years!

The Church will locate someone new
By searching ‘round the globe;
And surely they will find the man
Deserving of that robe.

Yet even though his subjects bow
And kiss his Papal ring,
I think that being Pope must be
The world’s most stressful thing.

The problems in the Papacy
With which a Pope must cope,
Seem so colossal, candidates,
When asked, should just say “Nope!”

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  1. Date: 2/14/2013 3:54:00 AM
    i agree, very stressful, again ilene, reading your poetry, consider me taught

  1. Date: 2/13/2013 8:12:00 AM
    lol, love that last line - very witty and informative write, Ilene

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 10:26:00 PM
    What a truly delightful poem. I love your poems. I don't get on the soup much anymore but when I do I have to read one of your poems before I sign off because they are gems.

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 7:51:00 PM
    Ilene, you have done it again. Such a interesting look into something serious! Loved every line! Hugs!

  1. Date: 2/12/2013 6:49:00 PM
    That last stanza is so true........funny, but true!!! I would say the same thing to a candidate running for president! NOPE.......who could possibly cope? Great poem, Ilene!!