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Sonnets for Heaven's Queen

Morning Star

Who is she that comes like the rising morn,

Fair as the moon, radiant as the sun,

Whose diadem the brilliant spheres adorn,

Resplendent in glory, surpassed by none?


O dawn that goes before the rising day,

Herald of joy, salvation’s harbinger,

Through shades of gloom direct us in our way,

Singular Maid and mankind’s comforter!


For, the seas in their rage have turned on us,

And the rains lash blood as the black salt waves

Break on the broken, sparing not the just.

Chained to a wreck, we toil as galley-slaves.


Star of the Sea, prodigious, blazing bright,

The foreday’s sovereign, guide us through this night!

From Sonnets for Heaven’s Queen © 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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