Nothing to Say

by flammeusgladius

Nothing to Say

At this point, Francis won’t apologize.
He claims indeed he won’t say anything.
Will silence cut accusers down to size?
Will sullenness move blasted choirs to sing
Anew? Is Francis even worrying
About such stuff as this? I have my doubts.
With the loose world he’s had a torrid fling.
He’s gob-smacked now that accusation shouts
At him, and offers him no easy outs.
He can’t blame fundamentalists for this.
The fundamental decency he flouts
Does not gaze up at him and beg a kiss.
He will not sip from this unhappy cup.
Hey, don’t complain! At least we shut him up.

–Tom Riley

(Pope Francis won’t comment on nuncio’s allegations.)