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Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Butler/Priest Did It

Black and white clothes, formal
careful, with the wine, appetizer
on a platter, served, thanks be
to God, without spilling on
the person’s clothes

nor revealing the boy behind
the stairs, the money basket
dropping into secret pockets,
the ring of rosaries circling
each cardinal. They are poisoned.

© Lavinia Kumar

Pope's butler charged over leaked Vatican letters

Lavinia Kumar lives in New Jersey. Her poetry has appeared in several publications, in the US and UK. She writes a blog for her brother’s seniorsmagazine.org, based in Portsmouth, NH.


  1. The Vatican is a city state, and we all know what happens in a political environment (for that is surely what the Vatican is) that functions without checks and balances. It's only through people prepared to whistleblow that any of the machinations, such as those described in the article, and also Lavinia's poem, ever see the light of day.