What Would Chaucer’s Pardoner Say?
Someone has opened a McDonald’s there
Around the corner from Saint Peter’s Square
And this has distressed a cardinal or three -
Yankee capitalism, don’t you see
But Big Mac pays thirty thousand in rent
Each month to the Vatican (Heaven-sent?)
Which owns the building, a profitable touch
Thus paying the water and light bills and such
So bring on the sodas, ‘burgers, and fries
Through golden arches under Roman skies!