In the Fair City of Perth

Fire broke out today

I saw a shot of South Street

Main highway

Straight as an arrow

It leads across the Tay

And up a holy hill

Kinnoull monastery


There I went at seventeen

A boy oh just a boy

To be measured out for priesthood

Life’s employ

I had done six years already

Cradle snatched from home

Now I walked those cloisters



The world has changed

Kinnoull has too

Renewed for modern times

Ordinary folk can go there now

Church and laity rhyme


It is beautiful secluded

Yet on a beaten path

And looks out on the world below

And summons folk to go

Come up here and rest awhile

The hillside is serene

I remember it so well

From when I was seventeen


Brian Fahy

2 January 2023

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