The cardinals are about to nest
to choose the one they deem the best
to wing his way to Peter's throne
This big bird will assume his perch
as ruler of the Roman church
and soon will fly around the world
as Christ's ambassador.
As leader of His worldwide flock,
this pope will hear his critics talk
of ways the Church has run a-fowl
and how it needs to change.
And while they find it hard to hope,
let's pray that God will guide the pope
as he prepares to stretch his wings
and leave his holy mark.