Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Last Pope

The Last Pope

beyond endurance,
The Last Pope
writes his resignation
in invisible ink
on virgin vellum,
so that as he writes it,
nothing appears.

He smiles at the efficiency
of The Holy Spirit that
reads all, erases all.

Ritually, he drops the sheet
into a flaming brazier.
These illegible words
appear & disappear:
Consummatum est.

(31 MAR 10, Santa Clara CA)v4

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