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Habemus Papam

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Habemus Papam

Habemus Papam 

 A long, steep road- life time for some- and 
tired I paused outside a shop selling wigs
I didn´t go in, but its owner came out, handed
for a beautiful hairpiece for frosty weather.
I looked ten years younger, ambled with firm 
steps to the town´s plaza and seen by adoring
women, wore sunglasses to hide my celebrity.
    A gust of wind my wig flew off, landed on top 
of a street lamp its light came on even though 
it was in the middle of the day and austerity. 
A chorus of unseen singers sang: Baldy, baldy, 
baldy, my vanity vanished as morning mist.
“Why are you bald?” six year old girl asked.
“I was a seal suffering from hydrophobia and 
could not jump up in the air and look cute.”  
In a Chinese shop I bought a red hat, citizens
gaped at me with awe, and whispered is he our
new papa?  

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  1. Date: 3/14/2013 8:37:00 AM

    Thank God. You look wonderful in white. He sure picked a lovely name. Kathy