A Sonnet for Easter Dawn

The Lord is Risen! He is risen indeed Alleluia!

Heres is an extra ‘fifteenth’ sonnet for Easter Morning, which I dedicate to my friend Mary who asked me to write it, and to the memory of her husband Gavin. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Later today I will publish another Easter poem,  but this completes the sonnet series I have been posting throughout Holy Week.

This sonnet, and the others I have been posting for Holy Week are all drawn from my collection Sounding the Seasons, published by Canterbury Press here in England. The book is now back in stock on both Amazon UK and USA and physical copies are shortly to be available in Canada via Steve Bell‘s Signpost Music. The book is now also out on Kindle. Please feel free to make use of these sonnets in church services and to copy and share them. If you can mention the book from which they are taken that would be great.

I am grateful to Oliver Neale for permission to use the image above. as always you can hear the sonnet by clicking on the ‘play’ button or on the title.

XV Easter Dawn

He blesses every love which weeps and grieves

And now he blesses hers who stood and wept

And would not be consoled, or leave her love’s

Last touching place, but watched as low light crept

Up from the east. A sound behind her stirs

A scatter of bright birdsong through the air.

She turns, but cannot focus through her tears,

Or recognise the Gardener standing there.

She hardly hears his gentle question ‘Why,

Why are you weeping?’, or sees the play of light

That brightens as she chokes out her reply

‘They took my love away, my day is night’

And then she hears her name, she hears Love say

The Word that turns her night, and ours, to Day.


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14 responses to “A Sonnet for Easter Dawn

  1. Ann Foreman

    Beautiful .moving

  2. Patricia Conneen

    Happy Easter, Malcolm! I love that I can hear doves cooing in the background as you read this Easter Sonnet. Warmest regards, Pat

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. Berenice Kirwan

    Thank you Malcolm. During this Holy Week, God has reached out to me through bird-song, so your sonnet has resonated with me this morning. A very blessed Easter to you and your friend Mary.

  4. Barbara Davies

    Dear Malcolm

    Thank you so much for re-posting your Holy week sonnets. They have been very helpful at what’s been a testing time. In the last two weeks I have finished my pandemic Psalter, which I’m now starting to use as a prayer resource to complement David’s Crown, become a Nanny for the second time (little Isabel took 5 days to make her appearance – my daughter’s main complement was that they only served one cup of tea a day on the ante-natal ward), and my mum’s just moved from being housebound to being hospitalised for end-of-life care. Easter has never been so profound or moving an experience as this year.

    I thank you so much for all the wisdom you’ve shared, and hope you have (or had!) a good trip home from the US.

    With love and blessings – may your Easter season be a joyous one

    Barbara Davies

    Sent from Mail for Windows

  5. Beautiful sonnet. If you reworded the question in line 10 to “Why do you weep,” it would flow more consistently. I only suggest this as one who has written over a hundred sonnets over the last fifty years.

  6. Connie Bach


    Sent from my iPhone


  7. Bethany Rohde

    Thank you for crafting and sharing this with us. Love that image of staying near, “her love’s/ Last touching place.” Resonates with me and what grieving is like. And the way the end of the piece opens up—I feel the relief of light cracking through the darkness.

  8. E&N Stilwell

    Thanks so much Malcolm. Your work continues to quicken and inspire.

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