Wedding Feast at Cana
Sonnets for Heaven's Queen

Virgo Potens

The wine of thought has vanished on its lees;
Our vessels are depleted to the dregs;
From lifeless clay no spirit may be squeezed,
And all the world is strewn with empty kegs.

Who shall refresh the soul’s immortal drink,
By which God’s covenant with man was fixed?
The dusk descends, and we have ceased to think
Of Him who shared this banquet in our midst.

Powerful Virgin, Mother of the Priest,
Whose ministry was subject to thy will,
Command thy Son, at heaven’s wedding feast,
With life divine our cold, stone jars to fill.

For, He who gave the vintage to the cask,
Thyself obeyed, whom we blush not to ask.

Joseph Charles MacKenzie is a traditional lyric poet of New Mexico. On February 1, 2020, he won the Society of Classical Poets Competition, taking First Place in the Best of 2019 category. 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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