Mikhail Gorbachev

He was an open honest man

You could see it in his face

A gentleness resided there

With promises of peace

He opened Russia to the world

Dismantled years of pain

A prophet in his own house

We need his like again


He met John Paul they talked awhile

Agreed on many things

The Holy Father shared with him

The wisdom that life brings

Europe needs both lungs he said

East as much as West

To breathe with both will heal us now

And lay the past to rest


Two men of stature standing there

Men of open face

Smiling presence friendliness

Hope for human race

Where are they now those prophets?

We need their like again

To end the foolishness of these days

We need hope’s sweet refrain


Brian Fahy

31 August 2022


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