My Lord and King, know that I do not know
How choked with gore I now confess Thy reign,
Or sense, through all those streams of blood that flow
Across Thy face, Thy majesty so plain.
Or how my noxious blood now cleanses me
Where only ere I turned to Thee its curse
Had added torment to my cries, as we,
From our two crosses, suffer, yet converse.
For, I, not knowing Thee before this hour,
Repentant, baptized, pardoned and absolved,
Feel consolation, like a summer shower,
Refreshing me. Yet, something’s unresolved:
That Woman at Thy feet? She seemed to pray
For me… who will see Paradise, this day.
From Sonnets for Heaven’s Queen © Joseph Charles MacKenzie. All rights reserved.