Pontificis electione versus indictatus (A verse indicted for the papal election)

Here is a poem written in honor of the new pontiff Francis I and his recent election as the first non-European pope in over 1000 years.

Notes from St Peters square

In the midst of a chilly nightfall’s

tears,

We wait as children of God; pilgrims to the

light.

Within the watching colonnade,

hands are wrapped and mouths move silently

over a simple rosary.

We gaze upon a lonely chimney, waiting for it to

signal the arrival of the light.

For that old flame which glowed within this theocratic

micro-state has dimmed.

It must be relit by a new light that will burn a hope in.

‘‘Look upon yon chimney breaks!’’

‘‘It be a holy smoke so white!

Like the very heart of Christ!’’

In a colonnaded square of cheers and screams,

clustered with the ignited hearts of burning devotees.

The light from the window of that St Peters balcony erupts;
its doors open:

‘‘Habemus Papum.’’

In this dark, wet night of the world, a candle dances again

that will burn a divine hope in.

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