August 13, 2014: Castles

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

The very act of communing with nature in something as simple as building sandcastles can cement lasting impressions in our hearts and minds. But when time slips by fading memories forged in the crisp, salty air of summer, soothing waves and gritty sand, it’s easy to lose sight of family bonds in the wake of busy lives.   Sometimes we need reminding. God continually gifts us with His creation to stir us deeply and reconcile us with times past.


We built castles in the sand
When I was very young
And secured them with our laughter
Under rays of warming sun.
But changing tides did batter
Against our castle walls
Eroding them to ruins
Frail and small.
Now nightfall after nightfall
Many tides have played their hand
And the castles we once fashioned
Are lost beneath the sand.
But I’m no longer shedding tears

Because I’ve come to know
That the castles from my childhood
Are everywhere I go.
This gentle truth fell over me
A wave from God above –
The castles – etched now in my heart –
Were always built with love.


Paula Veloso Babadi has worked in the health care industry for over thirty five years, but her true passion is poetry. She is a member of the St. John’s Chapter of the national Catholic Writers Guild and a regular contributor to the St. Joseph’sReflections Newspaper. Growing up in England and Pensacola with her Filipino and British parents and marrying into her Iranian family, she now lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, daughter and nearby three grown sons and grandchildren.

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