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so long and thanks (one for the pope)
by Alexandre J Arnau

Saturday, April 02, 2005
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well
now you're gone
and strangely
i grieve

i abandoned
the church
when i was old enough
to understand it
because i refuse
to believe
we're born in sin
i'll commit my own
thank you

inquisitions
colonizations
genocidal dogma
and
pedophile wolves
in bloody sheepskins
and you ask
what is the
church to me?

but you were
a beacon
a lonely light
shining in a cold sky
of faith
and spoke the words
of the Christ
not the church

father
how did you feel
to be surrounded
by the most corrupt
men
in the world?
thank you
for keeping them
at bay

thank you
for your faith
and your honesty
and for remaining
human
despite what
your followers
tried to make you

thank you
for making me
believe
not all christians
were evil
and maybe their bible
isn't a total
fabrication

thank you
for extending
your hand
to the oppressed of
the world
though they were
the enemies
of your faith

thank you
for letting me feel
safe enough
to say
thank you

now you're gone
and i fear
what's to come

now you're gone
and i pray
your people
can stand

i hope you found
the peace that was
promised
because i'd hate
to think
you were wrong

if there's anyone
to deserve it
it would be you

so long poppa

so long
and thank you
     

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Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 4/24/2005
A wonderful tribute, written with evident sincerity! Pope John Paul II was a deeply spiritual being, a man and leader of great character. May God bless his soul!
Reviewed by Debra Barone 4/17/2005
I want to thank you for your review as it led me to this beautiful write of our pope. You write this with such honesty and conviction.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 4/3/2005
alexandre, i don't usually comment on political or religious poetry, but what you write touches me, everything you write, i relate to in some way, to the point that i could no more fail to comment than i could fail to read. you have a gift, a talent and i'm happy you are here to share it with us. this is the greatest commentary on the popes death that i have read, i am so impressed with how you say and what you feel that i am almost speechless. almost
Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/3/2005
Fine write, A. Millions looked to "Papa" as their father. It would be quite a burden to bear, but he carried it with grace...
Reviewed by jude forese 4/3/2005
wonderful tribute to one of the world's great spiritual leaders ...
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 4/2/2005
nice tribute to a genuine man
Reviewed by Henry Stevens 4/2/2005
"thank you
for letting me feel
safe enough
to say
thank you" Great lines. Yes, he touched many hands and hearts beyond his established flock. Henry

Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/2/2005
Amen! Bravo,no tribute would have pleased him more!

eileen
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/2/2005
*tears*

no further words are necessary--mission accomplished.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
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