For me, Ash Wednesday always reminds me of our former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern who would get Mass and the obligatory ash mark early in the morning. Where most people's mark would fade gradually during the day, Bertie's would fade and strengthen, fade and strengthen throughout his day's engagements. A bit like stigmata, really...
Where did Bertie keep his ashes
to top up his mark of Lent?
Did his aide arrange small stashes
everywhere the fecker went?
Did he stuff them in his pocket
after Mass, when he was leaving?
Did he keep them in a locket
like a widow who is grieving?
Did his secretary buy them
and secrete them in her bag
till he needed to apply them
when his penance seemed to sag?
All the papers would wax lyrical;
some claimed it was black paint!
But perhaps it was a miracle
and he really was a saint?
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