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Sonnets for Heaven's Queen

Speculum Justitiae

No, not the dull reflection of a thought,
Or earthly equity’s analogy—
Our similes with fallacies are fraught,
And all our words invite apology—

No shallow surface echoing the light
Of forms ideal, or perfection’s ape,
Or changing moons diffusing to the night
The daystar’s beam, or virtue’s empty shape.

If mirror, then a mirror that emits
Not only justice, but the one true Just;
A mirror in which all of heaven fits,
A glass we see but darkly in, yet trust.

Such that, when each beheld the other’s face,
Both saw the visage of unending grace.

From Sonnets for Heaven’s Queen © Joseph Charles MacKenzie. All rights reserved.

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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