Villanelle by Joseph Charles MacKenzie
Love Poems

Villanelle

Oh, run with the sun and the wind in your hair! 

Before the day-star sets in the west: 

Love flowers best in the wide, open air. 

 

Behold! The noon-tide waxes not more fair 

Than you, my one, as these my lines attest. 

Oh, run with the sun and the wind in your hair! 

 

Cast off what you were never meant to bear!

Let nothing take you from your pilgrim’s quest!  

Love flowers best in the wide, open air. 

 

To God surrender every earthly care 

That burthens mind or heart or heavy breast. 

Oh, run with the sun and the wind in your hair! 

 

Arise with the light to life’s grand affair! 

Fledge like the dawn from its far eastern nest! 

Love flowers best in the wide, open air. 

 

For, you are born by angels in my prayer, 

As I by thought of you am ever blest. 

Oh, run with the sun and the wind in your hair! 

Love flowers best in the wide, open air. 

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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