Christina A. Sharik

THE JEWESS AND THE POPE

“Believe, Portrait of Pope John Paul II” by Igor Babailov
“Believe, Portrait of Pope John Paul II” by Igor Babailov
14-year-old Jewish Girl
Liberated

can walk no more

Priest came along

brought her a glass of tea
and two slices of bread

she hadn’t held a glass
in over 3 years
and was overcome with tears.

Where do you want to go,
he asked?

Krakow, she said.

I also:
So, get up, and let us go.

She was too weak
so he carried her.

He became the Pope.
He had been her savior and
her friend.

She was there today
to be with him at his journey’s end.

Author’s Note: In Memory of John Paul II [story told on CNN – April 8, 2005]