Day One* without the Pope - he has withdrawn
The Swiss Guard, out of work, now look forlorn
Benedict the pilgrim, simple Jo
Has put aside forever papal show.
The cardinals in Rome will soon convene
The Catholic Church meanwhile behind the scene
At antiquated straws begins to clutch
It must instigate reforms to stay In touch.
The task appears impossible to do
The cardinals deep down may think so too
But soon they will be called upon to choose
The next incumbent for those bright red shoes!
* Pope Benedict resigned on 28th Feb, 2013
(c) Poet in the woods 2014