I see a dark sky moving restlessly,

I see a dark sky moving restlessly,
clouds circle across the air, and tell of
coming storms, thunder, and lightning slowly
heating, then softening, then remoulding

the hard frozen earth. Maybe God intends
a vast conflagration of this sterile,
maimed, polluted world to make a fertile
lovely, safe, gay garden for the Godly

and sound to dwell in. But may these children,
green beautiful buds on rooted branches,
ripen, flower, make this vulnerable

family respected and strong again.
May these seeds always be strewn with God's dew
and rich with merriment, flowers, and fruit

An image of the Italian text from Visconti's 1840 edition
From V CXXXIII:293. See also B S1:75:122; no MSs; Valgrisi 76. Translation: Roscoe 341. Roscoe says this sonnet is about the family of Ascanio Colonna. Key

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