Papal Clerihews From Edinburgh

Arthur's Seat ran a clerihew contest, results of which were published last week. I am a sucker for the winner, a view of the world from 20 years ago, for reasons you'll understand when you read it:

Brezhnev, when he'd all his powers
Told his chums "the future's ours!"
Not having reckoned
On John Paul the Second.

Light verse and papal hagiography together? Happy New Year, indeed!