When Blue is Green

by Kevin T. McEneaney


Folklore cliches are flying left and right

in celebration of the famed Welshman

who built more churches than any other

evangelist in Christian history.


Yet he had a subversive agenda:

he installed more bishops in Ireland

than there were miter-hats in Italy.


When Italians caught on to this neat trick,

they quick-reduced the mourning period

of deceased Popes from thirty to three days—

so northern bishops did not have the time

to ride their horse or donkey down to Rome.


When travel improved, teenage Cardenals

voted for the Great Man—as they were told.