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Saturday, December 31, 2022

Year-End Zoom Meeting Senryu

Three Hundred and Fifty-Seventh Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary

smiling faces
in these little cages
year-end Zoom meeting

Added: Three Hundred and Fifty-Eighth Entry, Coronavirus Poetry Diary
written in response to the explosion of COVID-19 cases in China

rain mixed with snow
as the tridemic surges
this new year's eve
darkness flickers around
the edge of my quarantined mind

FYI: The "tridemic" is the combination of three respiratory virals, Flu, coronavirus 2 (SARS‑CoV‑2),  and RSV, that have  overwhelmed North American health care systems for weeks. However, to the best of my knowledge, there is no "public health" measure, such as mask mandate, legally required (not recommended) in indoor spaces across all major cities in North America. 


one Pope left ...
remains of this Buffalo church
buried in snow

FYI: At least 39 people have died as a result of the extreme weather, with the region in and around storm-besieged Buffalo, New York state, emerging as ground zero for an Arctic deep freeze. For more, see ABC 13 News., Dec. 29: Buffalo, NY storm death toll rises to 39 as roads reopen, search for victims across area continues 

And Rolling Stone, Dec., 31: Pope Benedict XVI, a Staunch Traditionalist Surrounded by Scandal, Dead at 95

Benedict’s papal tenure was also tumultuous. Just months before before his retirement, Benedict’s former butler was convicted in a Vatican court of stealing and leaking confidential documents that had exposed corruption, cronyism, and infighting throughout the Vatican. Additionally, Benedict was heavily criticized for not doing enough to address the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church during his papacy.

And The Conversation, Dec. 31: Pope Benedict XVI: A man at odds with the modern world who leaves a legacy of intellectual brilliance and controversy

After his election, Pope Benedict XVI had to confront a growing sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. While a cardinal, he had publicly downplayed the extent and seriousness of the crisis. And it was under his leadership that The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith decided not to remove Lawrence C. Murphy from the priesthood, even though Murphy had been accused of molesting more than 200 boys at a Catholic school for the deaf in Wisconsin.

Benedict did not move to open Vatican records to public investigation, and he also failed to discipline cardinals and bishops who reassigned pedophile priests.

Most recently, a January 2022 report on sexual abuse in the diocese of Munich criticized Ratzinger’s “inaction” regarding four cases of sexual abuse during his period as archbishop from 1977 to 1982. In reaction to the report, the pope emeritus apologized but did not admit to any administrative failures.


burned in a car fire ...
months later under first sunrise
a new face