June 22, 2015: Thickets

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

Thickets are the middle stage of nature’s marvelous development of a forest. From a clear and open space, seeds of grasses, weeds and wildflowers take root and create a meadow that soon fosters shrubs and small trees. Eventually, through a process of change that means the dying of some to make room for new growth, a new forest is born. Miriam Webster defines thicket as “a dense growth of shrubbery or small trees” and “something resembling a thicket in density or impenetrability.”

I’ve come from the meadow of my youth and am winding my way through life’s forests. Along that path there have been thickets, veils, barriers of all kinds. We see thickets with our eyes. But we feel the shrouded thickness of unseen veils with our hearts.

The tangled journey is all part of a grand design, and with God, nothing is impenetrable or impossible when He resides in the thick of it – not even the unseen veils shielding and covering wounded people. In the loving care of our Creator, we can walk through anything.


(Thoughts on Renoir’s “On the Terrace”)

~by Paula VelosoBabadi

There is a curtain –
a green-thick and tangled curtain –
that hides us from the blue
of other sides.
There is a veil –
fine, frail, colourless -
that keeps me from
her pale-white touch.
I clasp a brown-warm basket
and cast my gaze
into the empty space,
while she, unseeing
looks away to weary
reds and yellows.
The green-thick and tangled curtain
that hides us from the blue of other sides
is easier to pass through
than the veil between us.

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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