will you fix what’s broken?
will you travel all the globe?
will you kiss the pavements?
will you wear the finest robes?

will you cure the sickness?
will you stand amongst the brave?
will you move the eyes of watchers?
will you eat the things you crave?

will you sign the papers?
will you wave at waving hands?
will you teach us Earthly sinners
the way a good man stands?

will you read from written speeches?
will you speak from heart and soul?
will you look to fill your pockets
from pockets full of holes?

i know not where you go now
but i know from where you’ve came.
will you twist the hands of history
or keep its shape the same?

the Vatican falls silent.
the winds of change, they roll.
the chimney burns with white smoke;
St. Peter’s bells do toll.
In the eye of the storm of spirit
St. Peter’s bells do toll.



Author: brice maiurro

Denver poet. Author of Stupid Flowers, out now through Punch Drunk Press.

15 thoughts on “WHITE SMOKE”

      1. Those who had struck him once in the name of their
        masters, are born again in the present times.
        In pious garbs they gather in the prayer-halls.
        “Kill, kill,” they shout to the soldiers.
        The roar mingles in their hymns,
        While the Son of Man in agony cries, “O Lord,
        Fling, fling far away this cup filled with the bitterest of poisons”.
        – Rabindranath Tagore

      1. Yes. I am not a Catholic, but the Catholic church is increasingly becoming a last rallying point for Christians

      2. I think you’re right. I’m not very religious. I was raised Catholic and I have spent a lot of time in Christian churches, and I’ve gotten a lot out of both. Made me a lot of what I am. I think it’s just cool seeing the way this brings people together and the hope for change.

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  2. I usually don’t care for poetry but I always read your’s all the way through. I hunger to know what the next line will be. Are you bipolar or something? It feels like your fingers reach directly into your mind. As though your body and your thoughts – are one.
    robin claire

    1. I’m not bipolar (as far as I know). I do have ADD, which is very similar, so there’s a lot of impulsiveness to my writing. I think that’s what drove me to write in the first place. Thanks for reading, Robin. -Brice

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