The Pope

- for the Grateful Web


I am the chosen one


the Pope,


the medium for God.


The ultimate activist for the teachings of Jesus


yet, I proclaim the vanity of the devil.


My robes threaded in brocaded gold


intricate patterns of wealth to sell renunciation.


My flock follows


sheared of their fleece by donation of a tithe,


abandonment of all that is superfluous


to gain perfection,


the ticket to the gates of heaven,


a once in a lifetime event,


seats are limited.


My clergy authenticate their tax statements at the door.


Their ability to free themselves from the vanity


of worldly goods become the payment


for the folds of silk and jeweled slippers.


The elaborate robes become my straightjacket ensnaring me


in the powers of vain glory and riches.



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