Love Poems

Today the Wind

Today the wind through winter’s unclad bones
Drowns in its woeful howl my soul’s discant;
Beyond, a distant hunter’s oliphant
Salutes the dead beneath their frost-bound stones.

Today the wind sweet music’s loss bemoans,
No more to laud, beneath this canopy
Of slate-grey clouds, thy beauty’s panoply:
Boreas blows his low, hibernal drones.

Oh, be it given me to turn the groans
Of the expiring year to song, and grant
That that thy fair radiance release my chant,
On love’s warm wings, to heaven’s starry zones!

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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