I wrote this when Pope John Paul II died.
Now Ian Paisley has died too.
Wonder what they will have to say to each other.
Please note the prophetic accuracy of the last line.
Lines on the Death of John Paul II
"No Popery!" Ian Paisley cried,
and now that John Paul II has died,
there is no Pope,
so can we hope
for Orangemen with peace inside?
They just can't cope
without a Pope.
The Papists want a Papacy
and Paisley needs an enemy.
Without a Pope
they'd all just . . . mope.
It really makes you think:
what if it pushed them off the brink ?
what if it made them turn to drink
or even . . . turn to dope?
Might be a blessing in disguise.
Imagine, if the smokes that rise
above the Convocation
(while they all grope
for a new pope)
should symbolise a wider scope
What if the newly chosen Pope,
red-eyed, and reading Rattigan,
around the Vatican
flashing the peace sign,
Wow. Yeah. Wow. Yeah. Fine.
But that could be a slippery slope
No-one would want a hippy Pope.
We should not hope
for a doped pope;
But could we hope for one
that has a decent sense of fun?
(Maybe when Ratzinger’s gone?)
(c) Richard Lawson