Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar M.D.,

Gold Star - 16,836 Points (14-2-1957 / Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India)

The Pope Has Resigned! - Poem by Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar M.D.,

A shepherd feels unwell and rests ahead
Of being called for rest eternally!
His decision is wise and not misled;
His illness is to blame for this solely!

The world's embroiled in problems big, galore;
A few resigned in this great legacy;
To life of prayer longs the pope's heart's core;
He wants a healthier man in papacy!

As cardinal, he'd served for many years!
As pope, he took on relativism;
His mind is clear and has no other fears!
His life in Christ was strong since Baptism.

The modern world needs strong a pope anew;
Spiritual wars unfinished still remain;
The earth looks sinful, hazy in God's view;
The grace of heaven must come down as rain!

A soldier left the field to follow Christ;
The German Benedikt is eighty-five!
As theologian, cardinal and priest,
For more than sixty years, he was shepherd.

He played a signal role on papal stage,
He now resigned due to ill-health and age!
For years, he stole the limelight as seer, sage;
He leaves the stage with many wars to wage!

His papacy was good until last day;
For pope to have a healthy life, let's pray;
While there was sun, he had made enough hay,
With life of humility, come what may!

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Most lovingly dedicated to
His Holiness, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI

By Dean, IRT PMC & H, Perundurai, Erode, Tamilnadu, India
Copyright by Dr John Celes 28-02-2013

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Poem Edited: Friday, March 1, 2013

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