“Let Us Raise Statues to the Prince of Peace”

Let us raise statues to the Prince of Peace:
Cain’s monuments are powerless to bind
Our hearts in summer’s sheaf, or to remind
The world of our first fall through sin’s caprice?

Our monuments recall the gods of Greece
Whose lifeless looks their marble temples lined:
Blank, frigid idols of a dead mankind,
In silence waiting for the soul’s release.

Seek not these paynym bronzes to restore,
But lift the beauty of the arts to Him
Whose blood from blood’s corruption set us free,
That voice to voice one universal hymn

Should rival thunder and the ocean’s roar
To celebrate death’s death upon a tree.

© Joseph Charles MacKenzie. All Rights Reserved.

Winner of the 2020 Society of Classical Poets Competition (America's highest honor in classical verse), Joseph Charles MacKenzie is a traditional lyric poet of New Mexico. He is also the only American to have won the Scottish International Poetry Competition (see: Times Literary Supplement, Jan 27, 2017). A Pushcart Prize nominee, MacKenzie's verses have appeared in The New York Times, The Scotsman (Edinburgh), The Independent (London), The Telegraph (London), and many other venues. He wirtes primarily for Trinacria (New York) and the Society of Classical Poets (New York).

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