Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Red scarf

With the Pope retiring for the first time in 600 years, I watch the lady in blue and red across the way, feeding the ducks with corn and bread.  The two events connect in my mind.  The lady and the Pope cast bread to the crowd assembled.

The woman across the way
Wears a blue jacket
With a red scarf,
A dark blue hat.
It is icy cold this morning.
I am glad
For the spot of red.
Now she stands at the top
Of the steps,
Surveys the ducks
Like the Pope
From his balcony
In the Vatican.
My lady in blue
With red accompaniment
Rivals the Pope.
She appeared again
With bread for the ducks.
That seals it.
I never saw the Pope
Cast bread
From his balcony
To the crowd assembled below
On a particularly frigid day.

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