Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Trite Con Man

While on the papal plane
returning from Armenia

after having gone off-script
and used the word "genocide"

to describe the mass murder
that took place
in the early 20th century

Pope Francis also chose to come out

as the first one
to denounce Christians' treatment

of gay people

and saying they should apologize.

"The Church must ask forgiveness
for not behaving many times.

When I say the Church
I mean Christians.

The Church is holy.
We are sinners."

He added

"It has to ask forgiveness
for having blessed many weapons."

Of course
it can be assumed
the Republican presidential candidate

who is severely in need of forgiveness
will continue to deliberately refuse it

and furthermore
will continue to believe

that everyone else should apologize
for perceiving his blessings as weapons.

This poem © 2016 Emily Cooper.