“Sonnet 32” by Joseph Charles MacKenzie The Society April 15, 2017 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 3 Comments From the newly released audio of Sonnets for Christ the King https://classicalpoets.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/31_Thirty-Two.mp3 XXXII CUIUS REGIO EIUS RELIGIO The self’s religion, bound by narrow ways, Behind joy’s mask disguises its despair, Adoreth man, but stinteth God His praise, And blindly seeks the blind to cure a care. Its highest doctrine rests on feral dreams Of base indulgence, passions uncontrolled, A self-ruled jungle that no God redeems, Sans truth, sans beauty, an abyss of cold. Its creed-packed articles exclude desire For things transcending what the eye can see, Content to dwell on nature’s mere attire, To higher kingdoms it discards the key. If crass creation be thine only bread, And thou thy self’s own king—’tis thou art dead. © Joseph Charles MacKenzie, all rights reserved Joseph Charles MacKenzie is the first and last American to win First Place in the Long Poem Section of the Scottish International Poetry Competition, Henry M. Austin Poetry Prize. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 3 Responses CAROL HERRING April 15, 2017 Oh, yes. So sad, yet in a well-put poem. Carol Ann Herring Reply Joseph Charles MacKenzie April 15, 2017 Thank you, Carol. Everyone, please click on Carol’s name which links to her website where you will find perfect portraits in the watercolor medium as well as architectural images. We should all hope that our poems are as well put together as your watercolors, Carol! If I were in any way pecunious, I would definitely commission you for a portrait. If you should purchase the 2-CD set of the Sonnets for Christ the King (now only $14.99 and the perfect Eastertide gift), you might find an additional source of inspiration for your art—if you would consider visually interpreting some of my sonnets. Wouldn’t that be much more interesting than my google images? Happy Easter to all at the Trinitykeep Studio in beautiful North Carolina, not too terribly far from gorgeous and stunning Biltmore which I once had the great pleasure of visiting! Reply CAROL HERRING April 21, 2017 Joseph Charles, Thank you for your kind comments on my watercolor paintings and your referral to my website. I have ordered 2 CDs of your “Sonnets,” and was pleased hearing some of them read . Your CD was recommended by Fr. Francis Miller earlier and I meant to do as he said—order a disc. They’re beautiful, and full of the kind of images I appreciate in poetry. Yes, I’d consider visually interpreting some of your sonnets. Coincidentally, I’ve given a painting project to my students for years: “Painting Poetry,” in which I offer examples mostly of American Imagist poems, or the Psalms, for them to “see” word-pictures, and interpret them in paint. A blessed Eastertide to you. Thanks, Carol Ann Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.