Joseph Charles MacKenzie - Ode to Spring - Sonnets for Christ the King
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Sonnet LIX – Ode to Spring

Spring, step not softly, renovate the sense!
My trembling thoughts unravel into leaves,
With your perfumes the new-born air is dense,
And every tendril to your trellis cleaves.

The world is but a canvas for your brush,
Your palette infinite with every hue;
Your rivulets incite the river’s rush,
And every flower sips your frigid dew.

Waft upward with your winds my dreaming kite,
That bridges longing to your fleeting clouds;
On your fair breezes let my soul take flight;
Release all spirits from their winter shrouds!

And weave, O Spring, your garlands for the brow
Of Him who came to die, that we live now.

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

Joseph Charles MacKenzie is a traditional lyric poet, a "sonetero" from New Mexico where his family has been for over 400 years. He is First Place winner of the Scottish International Poetry Competition (Long Poem Section) 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 exclusively for Trinacria (New York) and the Society of Classical Poets (New York).

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