They Also Serve

by flammeusgladius

They Also Serve

 

 

The pope is cracking down on those who dare
Suggest that openness can go too far.
For dissent from dissent he doesn’t care.
Of his own show he means to be the star—
And, if you challenge him, hey, no cigar!
Smoking is streng verboten anyway:
It causes global warming. Alles klar?
German advisers smugly rule the day.
Silencing critics, Francis? Let me say
That I would dearly love to make your list
Of those to silence. For your wrath I pray.
But what am I? A rhyming satirist
Of no account. I’ll win no papal hearing.
They also serve who simply go on sneering.

 

 

–Tom Riley

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