Man of Many Words

by flammeusgladius

Man of Many Words



“A Christian never ever builds a wall!”
the pope declares. “He builds a bridge instead.
He opens wide his arms and welcomes all.
Mobs threaten — and he lets them come ahead.
If countrymen and women end up dead
or robbed or raped, hey, that’s the way it goes!
If by the proper spirit he is led,
a Christian isn’t moved by threats like those.
The wind of change inevitably blows–
so smile, O Christian, when it blows you down!
Follow with zeal your suicidal nose!
Portray with zeal a suicidal clown…!”
“Our pope,” they tell me, “never said such stuff
exactly….” Not exactly. Close enough.



–Tom Riley