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Infant at Church

by Maureen Glaude

for the minister's circle time
banjo music
his mesmerized blue eyes beam

in a six-monther's way
he coos and sings
to the lively music
while secure on his father's lap

he turns his bald head to follow
all the bright activity
ceiling fan and lights captivating
hands flailing to each side

little legs enjoying
stretch and kick
in blue terry sleeper
excitement right to the toes
he tugs them, with pride

to the smiles of his numerous admirers
from pews close and far
he responds with his
in full open glee
as if he knows
he is the star attraction

as the minister plays on


Posted on 04/27/2004
Copyright © 2021 Maureen Glaude

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Dana E Brossard on 04/28/04 at 12:15 AM

=) Very warm and nice, yet another one of your works beautifully done. =)

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 04/28/04 at 02:03 AM

What a wonderful image you so lovingly protray here! Reminds me of the words of Jesus to let the children come to him for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. The open innocence of babies is just very appealing. (Unless they become crabby and start bawling! LOL).

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/28/04 at 12:11 PM

A poem as cute and cuddly as the infant who inspired it. ;o)

Posted by Charles J Hannan on 04/28/04 at 04:13 PM

This is a wonderful piece, Maureen...:)

Posted by Kara Hayostek on 04/29/04 at 03:00 PM

beautiful and loving poem, i can't wait till mine arrives :-)

Posted by Anne Engelen on 04/29/04 at 07:07 PM

adorable and sweet

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 05/02/04 at 02:03 PM

No wonder, active children are the 'star attraction' in a crowd situation. The beautiful aspect here is that a child was the impression, the cause of this SCENE, you have produced here in this poetic form.

Posted by Agnes Eva on 05/04/04 at 05:22 PM

hehee, one usually thinks of babies in church as wailing loudly and not being taken away. It's so nice to see this well behaved infant, the whole poem dotes on his beaming smile and demeanor! I thoroughly enjoyed this little one!

Posted by Paganini Jones on 05/05/04 at 08:28 PM

Of COURSE he knows he is the star attraction. It takes a lifetime of training to get them out of it! Such a delicious age that you have captured with this - a photograph in words - when they take interest in everything and they let you have glimpses of the newness of the mundane.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 11/29/04 at 03:00 PM

How you capture my imagination and my memory... recalling not-so-pleasant memories of infants in church who were not so much at peace-and-joy as the one in your poem. I often thought that it is a good test of a minister's humility when his tiny paritioners steal his/her thunder. Your poem captures the joy of having new life in a church and having that new life cherished. I love this one.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 04/12/09 at 03:17 AM

"Let the little children come unto Me
for such is the Kingdom of Heaven."

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 04/12/09 at 03:18 AM


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