Boot+Kitty=Poetry in motion
About 1,000 years ago in the city we call Rome,
The Pope decided it was time for all the Jews to go.
And so he met the Rabbis to tell them to vacate,
His Holy Roman Empire, the seat of God's estate.
The Rabbis asked the Pope to give them a fair shake,
Just one chance to sway him in an open-air debate.
The Pope was sure of being right so he agreed to their request.
"The Lord is on my side, so I'll debate your best."
Now Moishe was a good man, a few years past his prime,
Though not their best teacher, the Rabbis thought he'd do just fine.
When Moishe met with the Pope for the debate out in the street,
He said, "Lets make this interesting, neither one of us should speak."
The Pope was sure of his righteousness (he knew that he would win),
And so he said, "That's fine with me, so let the debate begin."
The Pope raised three fingers, pointing toward the sky.
Moishe thought a moment, then raised one finger in reply.
Then the Pope raised his hand, and waved it all around,
Moishe pondered but a second, then pointed at the ground.
The Pope then raised a chalice, filled with bright red wine,
And showed in his other hand some wafers, alabaster white.
Moishe paused a moment, then showed an apple, firm and bright,
"I concede I acted hastily," is all the Holy Pope replied.
And thus the debate ended, and the Jews were allowed to stay,
In their homes in Holy Rome, and weren't forced to move away.
The cardinals met with the Pope, to ask what had been said,
And why it was the Jews had won, and not the Pope instead.
"When I raised three fingers, for the Holy Trinity,
Moishe raised one finger, for in one God we all believe."
"When I waved my hand, to show God was all around,
Moishe remarked God is here, by pointing at the ground."
"When I showed the wine and bread for absolution of our sin,
Moishe showed an apple, for where all our sins begin."
"I realized Moishe had an answer for every point I made,
So perhaps it would be better if we allowed the Jews to stay."
The rabbis met with Moishe, to asked what he'd replied,
When the Pope was positive that God was on his side.
"The Pope signed we'd be leaving Rome within the next three days.
I replied not one Jew would leave; that we were here to stay."
"The Pope said he'd scatter us to the corners of the Earth.
I said we would stay right here, where our children were given birth."
"I remained firm in my stance, though I'd fallen far behind,
It was then the Pope took out his bread and his cup of wine.
I thought it was kind of early, the morning was hardly through,
But I decided to pause with him and take out my lunch, too."
[This message has been edited by LngJhnAg (edited 07-29-99).]