Madonna

She’s absorbed in the gift she holds,
this infant sign.

She wears the trace of a smile,
as innocence will do.

“Look at him,” she is thinking.
It is a mother’s “Ecce homo.”

Does she dream of his future weight
when she upholds him?

The infant lingers in bliss,
with eyelids closed.

6 years 2 months ago
"Madonna" is lovely, but if I may suggest incomplete. After reading it, the first thought that came to mind was "where's the rest of it?" Jesuit Poet Torrens, how about filling it out?
James Caruso
6 years 2 months ago
Thank you for this. Inspiring. Transports a person instantly to that imagined particle of priceless time that most surely must have been.
6 years 2 months ago
It's so beautiful!  And so sweet and tender.   Thank you so very much, Fr. Torrens.
Louis Templeman
6 years 2 months ago
I am impressed.  It is beautiful snapshot. I feel like I got to sneak a peek at a very private moment.  Thanks, Fr. Jim
John Kiely
6 years 2 months ago
Lovely, Jim.  In the face of such wonderful mystery, you caught the moment.  Merry Christmas.   John

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

This is not a country at ease with itself, if it ever were. The United Kingdom continues to display more and more intolerance and anger.
David StewartFebruary 24, 2017

On St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate our Irish heritage and our good fortune to be Americans.

George J. MitchellFebruary 24, 2017
“The Catholic Church stands in love with the Jewish community in the current face of anti-Semitism.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 24, 2017
Addressing 90 experts from many countries, Francis said that “all people have a right to safe drinking water.”
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 24, 2017