TO OUR LADY OF LOURDES / by Joseph Castorino


The Little Candle said to Our Lady,

“Your merciful and majestic eyes 

   are dazzlingly modest,

Sparkling like radiant jewels 

   of kindness and compassion;

Your serene smile swiftly 

   steals my humble heart,

As you point me towards the 

   path that leads to Jesus;

Your majestic mantle and sky-blue

   sash dance joyfully in the breeze,

Reflecting the mildness and the 

   gentleness of the good God;

Your ladylike lips whisper    

   words of wisdom

That split the air like 

   atomic loving lightning;

Your sweet, saintly actions 

   ripple through the universe,

Like warm, welcoming waves 

   of heavenly peace.”