Remembering John L McKenzie

The Power and the Wisdom

By John L McKenzie

A book I read at college long ago

Inspiring voice came off the page

Alive and fresh and vigour

A voice that I was searching for

Enthusiasm’s trigger


Today at mass the reading

Quotes Paul’s impressive phrase

Jesus the power and wisdom

The light of all my days

Foolishness to many

The thinkers of our age

But the way of life for any

Who will listen and read this page


McKenzie applied the gospel

To America at war

Condemning action in Vietnam

The folly and the scar

True student of the word of God

I honour him today

The boy from Indiana

Who lighted for me the way


Brian Fahy

26 August 2022

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