Poem: “I Saw a Baby”

I Saw a Baby

I saw a baby at the stream,
Perhaps or maybe not a dream,
Who played with water, thrust his hand
Into the pool, the golden sand

And then scooped up a golden fish,
This is my life, he said, to bless
Or throw again into the pool,
To swim from what is fearful, cruel

For as you killed and did away
With me, my little life betrayed
So I will find another place,
My life was this that was your grace

And now in tranquil reaches of
The pool of heaven, heaven’s love,
There my life forever swims
With scales of gold and golden fins

But if you should reach down and take
My life to you and not forsake
Me ever after I shall be
A child again for you to see

November 11, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."