5 Instead of Being English Priest in Rome
When Andrew Marvell wrote in verse and prose,
He kept an eye on who sat down in rows
In parliament and who held throne & crown.
He was the kind to keep a white nose brown.
When Charles was king, he had nothing but praise.
When Cromwell came, he offered him his lays.
He should have kept to flattery instead
Of letting bitter thoughts fill up his head.
His anti-Catholic writing might have cost
His very life by an assassin tossed.
He lived to see the opposition take
His health and wit and so died in the wake
Of overdose like some celebrity
In the American hegemony.
So far for all my flattery in kind,
The king and president both remain blind
To my wit couched in prose and poetry,
And all my rage against the papacy
Earns no retort or even clemency.
Instead of being English priest in Rome
I turn to my coy mistress and stay home.
From Power Drapes by Thomas McElwain