ODE TO INNOCENCE

The fragrance of innocence
wafts in the air
like the song of songbirds
on a morning wrapped in spring’s
dew-kissed glow.

What beautiful flower
is the face of innocence
softer than velvet are its petals
making angelic the hands
they kiss.

The joy of innocence
soars to the heavens
like a dove flying home.
Ever it plays
before the heavenly throne.

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17 thoughts on “ODE TO INNOCENCE

  1. From the photo to the poem, a feast to both the eyes and soul. Splendid works, Imelda!

    While different poets may consider innocence differently, I somehow wonder what stands as the antithesis to this version’s. Is it sin? Guilt? Experience (as in Blake’s)? The loss of childness? Worldly burdens? And on that note, is this innocence a foregone idyll or a place to be restored? Or a state of mind already frequented by the poet? 🙂

    1. Oh, you ask the most beautiful questions, Colin. Thanks. 🙂

      When I wrote that, I was thinking about the contrast between the innocence (brought by Grace), on the one hand, and sin, on the other. I am also thinking of purity of heart and soul. Realistically, no one has that pureness of heart except Jesus and by Divine privilege, Mary. But ordinary humans, though burdened with the tendency to sin, may also aspire to the purity brought by atonement and living as faithful and holy as a life.

      In a sense, that state of innocence is like the innocence of a child before he wakes up to worldliness and becomes overcome by it.

      1. Wow! I truly appreciate the response and revelation of thoughts you’ve woven intricately into the piece, Imelda. With this in mind, I read a redemptive freshness in the new beginning of a spring morning, an angelic transformation in the encounter with this innocence and a divine appointment via the dove from heaven (or its spiritual symbolism). Rather than just painting three stanzas of beautiful imagery, the ode now appears to be a careful and holistic telling of this grace/innocence. I can enjoy it much, much more. Thank you for the explanation. 🙂

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