a revolution of tenderness


the pope suggests

                                             love

in his Revolution of Tenderness and Love
and though popes have been on the wrong side of love
this one this Francis is right
but a revolution of tenderness

which goes against
the zeitgeist grain to be rapacious
is the Marianas Trench of dashed conceits 
(the dark side says) and therefore
the drowning place of dreams

—the light side’s take is that tenderness
can be a fierce ally in the duel with death
and a fullfilment 

of dreams
.

Jim Culleny
12/2/15