Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled people this year,
A boy paralyzed in a diving accident,
A man and a woman with cerebral palsy,
Got down on his pope knees on a pope pillow and washed their feet,
Washed the feet of two elders who could hardly walk,
Then kissed their feet & smiled a kind smile.
The pontiff poured water from a silver pitcher,
their feet in a silver bowl,
Wiped their feet with a clean white towel,
Kissed their feet and smiled a kind smile.
He knew that Jesus said if I’m your teacher
and wash your feet then you wash the feet of others
In the spirit, not the letter, of the law.
Last year the good pope washed the feet of two Muslims
and two women at a juvenile hall in Rome,
Years ago washed the feet of young mothers
in a maternity ward in Buenos Aires,
Pope Kindness washed and kissed the feet
of 12 AIDS patients in a hospice in Argentina,
Washed and kissed the feet of recovering
addicts in a treatment center in the capitol.
The good pope reminds us that it’s not
who’s feet are being washed, it’s
the spirit behind the gesture.
Donald Trump, raised in a Christian church,
knows the example of Jesus.
Jesus is his teacher, right?
Oh, maybe not about respecting women
but Jesus is Don’s teacher, right?
Does that mean President Don will wash my feet?
Will he wash your feet one day & not smirk?
Pour sacred water from a silver pitcher on your feet?
Catch the dirty water in a silver bowl?
Wipe your feet with a clean white towel?
Kiss your feet, look you right in the eye and smile a kind smile?
When Donald Trump kneels on a pillow, just like humble Pope Francis,
and washes the feet of a woman,
When Donald gets on his knees and washes the feet of a Muslim,
Washes the feet of the Mexican man who’s
back is bowed because of ignorance and hate,
Washes the feet of the broken and the poor,
In the spirit behind the gesture.
That’s when America will be great again.
Jim Moreno Fall 2017