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.


 


Olga

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