Friday, October 4, 2013

Fleecy Things

I've had a lot of things on my mind, but as I've been thinking about redemption, I've wanted to revisit some of the thoughts that were going through my head when I wrote my sonnet, "Lamb Child." This is a paired sonnet to accompany the first. I'm not quite content with the start or the end yet, but in any case, you can decide what its all supposed to mean...

And now a solemn lay to thee rehearsed
Of stripèd beasts and shade-shorn fleecy things.
"Dear lamb, knowst thou who made thee in the first?"
And hearest thou that lark forlorn that sings
the night'ngale song? Learn from the blessed day
How heaven beckoned back the dayspring star
With closèd mouth in silent kyrie.
Behold the Tyger mute, stripes made to bear;
His regal pelt unparted stand and see!
Oh thou that grazed Elysian pastures fair,
Did he who made that slouching beast make thee?
     Lamb child, forsake desire, rebuke thy art
     And open now the pyx box of thy heart.


  1. Love, love, LOVE the William Blake reference! It feels a lot like looking in on the moment Satan sees earth. Both are creations of God, but the purity of the one causes the other to pale in comparison. I'm not sure why the 3rd line exclusively is in quotations, but overall a pleasure to read.

  2. This is awesome! I especially love the kyrie part, it's the perfect word for your tone and is so uncommon.