First Light

We must change from within

I read today

The world’s not going to change


It’s your spirit within

Can eradicate sin

And with God’s grace

Each new day begin


Brendan Kennelly tells us ‘begin’

Read his poem and see

How vital it is in sunshine in rain

To open your eyes

To life once again

After darkness of night

And sorrow and pain

And the lonely suggestion

To end it



Today is his funeral

And I only now

Discover this man

And his poems and how

So easy his way

With people to talk

He goes on his way

I’ll go for a walk

And pick up his poems

And carry his voice

The spirit’s forever

And you have a choice


Brian Fahy

20 October 2021  

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