The Pope Throws a Punch
There it is
In all the newspapers
All over the internet
Like a live action Charlie Hebdo cartoon:
A photo showing the pontiff
Throwing a playful punch
At Doctor Gasparri,
A Vatican official;
The leader of one of God’s major franchises
Implying that violence
Is an understandable response to insult.
I know, I know, I know
He was only joking
Lighten up for Christ’s sake.
He was caught in the yes but trap
The rush to qualify, explain, diminish a barbaric act
That seems to follow hard upon the event.
Worse still is the search for equivalent wrongs
The slaughter of innocents by US drones, for example
As if by some weird mathematics
One wrong can reduce the other to zero
That one wrong plus one wrong
Is not equal to two.