Lynn W. Petty

Gold Star - 5,016 Points (3/29/28 / Newport Beach, California)

Madonna On The Amtrak - Poem by Lynn W. Petty

Taking my seat, I noticed across from me a young
Mother with her child.
The soft-shawl like waves of her long brown hair
Delicately framed her face as it swept over her ears,
Spilling onto the plateau of her shoulders,
Streaming down her neck, ending like a gentle waterfall
Blown to a mist by the wind.
The serenity of her countenance was stirring.
Lost in heavenly musing, she gazed with adoration
Into the face of her sleeping boy.
Through the windows, prismed ribbons of light
Were cast upon her features, accentuating her quietude.
Mysterious, tender, quiet, deep.
A subtle vapor of something divine enveloped them.
I sat silently, listening to the murmuring sounds of a mother
As she nestled her son in the cradle of her arms.
A peaceful touch was laid upon my soul.
Held in a timeless still, I saw a living picture
As old as the genesis of life.
If one had reason for doubt or despair
It would have vanished, dissolved
Within the illumination of life,
Love and joy.

Topic(s) of this poem: inspiration

Form: Free Verse


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Comments about Madonna On The Amtrak by Lynn W. Petty

  • Bri Edwards (7/6/2016 11:30:00 PM)


    The soft-shawl like waves of her long brown hair ....is is possible you meant...soft shawl-like waves...? ?

    Held in a timeless still, I saw a living picture.........you were kept confined in an alcoholic beverage-making machine with no clock? ? ? ?

    are you sure you weren't having the hots for the babe with the boy? ? a pure academic question, i promise you.

    i like the title. but i thought it was going to include some singing.

    am i being silly? no, really, am i? ?

    bri :)
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  • Mike Smith (2/24/2016 3:18:00 PM)


    Beautifully worded. A somewhat simple event becomes poetic and profound in your description. Very well done (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 18, 2016



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