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Farvel, John*



He was the best
of the best

rose high above us
led all the rest
the world is not kind
we too can be so
but kept his  
good faith
despite the 
ebb and the flow
His  heart ever clean
his voice ever  clear 
warm was his visage
strong was his cheer
barely got to know him
‘fore he was snatched away
wish I had but  told him
how much he made my day
how I now remember
his manner his mien

O the saddest of words
it might have been

Seen much of  this  world
savored good and the bad
yet was he the  only
true friend I ever  had

they don’t come any better
that much I do know
in the long  line of legends
who ever come and  go
And  though  we be only
pebbles in the sand
he’s  in a better place
than we in this land
a far far better place
than we in this land

* John McMurtry (1939 – 2021): I learnt of his passing far , far, too late.
University College London
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Professor of Philosophy
University Professor Emeritus
University of Guelph Graduate Studies
Ontario, Canada NIG2W1
Philosophy and World Problems
Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS)
UNESCO, Paris Oxford

[©R.Kanth 2024]


Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda (A Novel), A Day in the Life (Novel), Expiations (Verse), and Farewell to Modernism (Political Economy Tract).

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