Paper Caper

For Johanna Weis, the day she graduates as a Bachelor of Arts.
November 6, 2007

Johanna, with despair I wail:-
Today you shed your female splendour,
Becoming (check the scroll!) a male…
It’s there, Official: change of gender.

Over your much-prized parchment pore,
Confirm the witness of your eyes:
JOHANNA WEIS, now BACHELOR.
The DCU scroll tells no lies.

Can nothing this dire step reverse?
Can nothing cancel this disaster?
Alas! Your Fate gets even worse,
For in due course you’ll be a MASTER.

Johanna, victim of my rhyme,
Enough of this Morganic caper!
Approaching your resplendent prime
You’ll just remain a male…..ON PAPER.

Note: this was read out by Franz Weis (OC) her brother,at the family party in Maikammer to celebrate Johanna’s high grade B.A.degree at DCU.

A piece with a Columban connection. Johanna, after a most successful two years at SCC blossomed out still further at DCU [BA and MA] besides becoming captain of the Irish Ladies Fencing team. In her case the pen and the sword were equally mighty. Ever Upwards!- She is now Managing Director of the Milan branch of an American multinational language and communication provider.

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