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Papal Retirement

by Lionel E. Deimel


Benedict retires,

And another takes his job,

Just like you or me.



The world was shocked when Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would retire on February 28, 2013. After all, popes do not normally retire; they stay in office and work for the church until they die. No pope has simply resigned his office for about 600 years.

On February 27, 2013, I was driving home and thinking about Benedictís decision. Haiku, I thought, might be a good form to use to reflect on the retirement. When I got home, I began playing with the lines I had been devising in the car.

The challenge of haiku, of course, is to actually say something in very few words. I kept modifying the poem to achieve a continuity that clearly linked Benedictís action to that of ordinary people, an ironic link, to be sure.

ó LED, 2/28/2013

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