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.

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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