Papas in Infernum

by flammeusgladius

Papas in Infernum

 

 

Dante, you put so many popes in Hell
that lots of pious readers take offense.
Not I, though. Sir: it makes a lot of sense
to see the flaws of prelates and to tell
their fates. Besides, you do it so damn well:
skill justifies your judgment, though immense
objections may arise. For all intents
and purposes, your pointed lines compel
agreement. And I readily agree.
Let all in lofty offices now heed you,
the most impressive font of poetry
the world has ever known! With joy I read you–
but also with a sense of loss. To me,
the question is: where are you when we need you?

 

 

–Tom Riley

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