Madonna

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

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

Advertisement

“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.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
7 years 9 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
7 years 9 months ago
Thank you for this. Inspiring. Transports a person instantly to that imagined particle of priceless time that most surely must have been.
7 years 9 months ago
It's so beautiful!  And so sweet and tender.   Thank you so very much, Fr. Torrens.
Louis Templeman
7 years 9 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
7 years 8 months ago
Lovely, Jim.  In the face of such wonderful mystery, you caught the moment.  Merry Christmas.   John

Advertisement

The latest from america

U.S. bishops call for a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.
Australia’s Bishop Long Van Nguyen on how the church can heal during the sexual abuse crisis.
Jim McDermottSeptember 19, 2018
If innocence cannot find a home in your heart, love will never conquer the world.
Terrance KleinSeptember 19, 2018