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Sonnet XXVII

For Elizabeth

As kindly cottonwoods around us rise,
Entwining wistful melodies of green,
We walk beneath our shade-entangled skies
Through gothic vaulting, hand in hand, unseen.

Through autumn’s latticework of wind-chime leaves
A sowing sun casts broad its final rays.
Soft evening bundles all our cares in sheaves
As we set forth upon our path of days.

I am the bosque, thou the breeze,
Along the Rio Grande’s storied stream.
Thou art the light, and I the trees,
And our enchanted path a waking dream.

Time’s river these, our days, shall not erase,
Beneath the God-made bridge of our embrace.

From Sonnets for Christ the King (MCP Books, 2018) © Joseph Charles MacKenzie. All rights reserved.

Joseph Charles MacKenzie is a traditional lyric poet of New Mexico. He is First Place winner of the Scottish International Poetry Competition (Times Literary Supplement, Jan 27, 2017) and a Pushcart Prize nominee. His verses have appeared in The New York Times, The Scotsman (Edinburgh), The Independent (London), US News and World Report, Google News, and many other outlets. He writes for Trinacria (New York) and the Society of Classical Poets (New York).

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