Poetry Tuesday: Clerks Pretend to be Shepherds

Peire Cardinal was an actual troubadour, who lived in the 13th century and really did go all around Europe giving concerts. Wonder how much of a cut Ticketmaster demanded. . .

The clerks pretend to be shepherds, and under
A show of sanctity are
Ravening cutthroats.
When I see one shimmy
Into a cassock
I think of Alengri the wolf,
Who thought to break into
The sheep-cote but was
Afraid on account of the mastiffs. . .
But then he had an idea.
He pulled a sheepskin over his head
And ate as much as he liked.

Kings, emperors, dukes, counts, and knights
Used to rule the world.
Now the priests have the power, got
By robbery, treachery, sermons,
Force and hypocrisy.



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