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An Imperfect Life

poetry by Fr. Harold Macdonald

The Series

Holy Innocents


Thorns and Barbed Wire Judaica




Holocaust, 2005


I remember remembering the Shoa

how it devastated my confidence

bankrupted my own culture’s common sense

drowning decency - no ark nor Noah.

How I began again to find a way

towards the God whose goodness paid the cost

to mark my journey by the holocaust.

Post-holocaust. (Post-modern some would say).

Since then, that most deliberate genocide,

we perpetrated horrors past belief

capacity for ill without relief

brazenly displayed; seen and not denied.

How I learned again the need for Goodness Infinite

to overcome all evil; every wrong make right.


composed on the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz