Cardinal Virtue

Will you make pope?
Not with that Voltaire attitude.
No one's buying that the 
Lisbon earthquake
isn't proof of god's power
and unpredictable heart.

That was 268 years ago,
you say?
I've been asleep for a long time.
Candide is still out of fashion,
isn't it?

The white smoke must still go up
when someone new suffers power;
I love that sweet, salty taste
when I tongue kiss the ring.

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