Spring in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sonnets for Christ the King

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.

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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