Om Chawla

(India)

An Infant's Smile


Peaceful repose of tranquility,
mirroring blissful divinity.
Heartwarming look of an innocent face
endearing charming bewitching grace;
serene and sacred temple like,
face of a sleeping infant child.
Twitch on the lips of sleeping child
dreaming infant's mystic smile.

Sometimes even while awake,
a focused stare in blank space,
smiles an infant in trance like gaze.

Two month old, what might it dream?
Recollection of cozy womb's confines!
Or could there be memories of past!
Mysterious might be the message cast
of some relation with pre-birth past!
Beyond recollection,
beyond comprehension,
mystery of an infant's smile.

Submitted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 24, 2013

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  • Dinesh Nair (11/23/2013 9:02:00 AM)

    And the saying goes.. child is the father of man. Here is an infant lying telling the adults every tale of its immediate past and perhaps the apprehensions of the future imminent. The smile it has on the face has to be there to instill in us a hope that can ultimately triumph one day perhaps. A short but fine poem Chawla sir.. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/10/2013 2:04:00 AM)

    The infants eyes do so gleam
    As he/she does see God in between
    In the play of light and shadow
    He/she is confused of where has been

    Good work sir and I welcome you to my page too (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (10/21/2013 6:52:00 AM)

    There have been very few poems that I have read about
    an infant. This one was was written very beautifully. Your
    words expressed about an infants smile really touched
    my heart. To see a smile makes you wonder what are
    they thinking. I guess that is something that we may never
    know. Only the God who created them will know. It is
    really wonderful seeing it. I loved your write. (Report) Reply

  • Elena Sandu (10/20/2013 5:52:00 PM)

    Is there anything more beautiful than the child's smile? You painted not only the beauty but also the mistery that comes with it. Could it be such a reason that we are being given eyes to admire beauty and heart to love it? Or could it be that we are being given a soul to wonder why, how, and what's behind before and after? We are taught to take the things as they are, to live in the moment appreciate each drop of beauty. Yet your poem proves once again that our appreciation of beauty goes beyond the present into the future. A mother of a teenager, when I feel on the verge of exasperation, I remember the smile you talk about and all my anger is melting away, so here's the proof that the infant's smile could be a timeless joy for anyone. Thank you for sharing a smile's jurney across past present and future! (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilkins (10/20/2013 1:05:00 PM)

    a lovely poem about a great subject a child's smile. What could be more special full of innocence and love, (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/17/2013 11:04:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem, so picturesque and true of an innocent babe's nature! Reading this I am reminded of William Wordsworth's Ode on Intimations of Immortality where he speaks of a child's direct descend from Heaven;

    Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
    The Soul that rises with us, our life's Star,
    Hath had elsewhere its setting,
    And cometh from afar:
    Not in entire forgetfulness,
    And not in utter nakedness,
    But trailing clouds of glory do we come (Report) Reply

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