Innocent Eyes

Form: Free Verse Sonnet
Innocent eyes flicker open
Startled by cold water
A child, the gift of love
Receiving his name
As the old chapel bell rings
Announcing a new boy in the flock
A tiny piece of heaven
Draped in white cloth
Too young to understand
The promises made in his name
A child whose soul must repent
Sin made before his first breath
But to repent he must first be a man
And likes his Lord stand in the sacred waters
The Baptism of Christ by Piero della Francesca, 1437. Egg on poplar. Currently located at the National Gallery, London, UK


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