March 2, 2015: I Saw Peanut

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

I count among the many blessings in my life (besides faith and family), the company of like-minded, inspirational friends and the presence of man’s “best friend” – our ever watchful, tail-wagging dogs Dallas and Belle. The simplicity of these relationships brings me joy and a degree of certainty. My four-legged friends never fail their friendly greeting at my homecoming. My writing friends share my love for the written word and are passionate about their causes.

One such friend, accomplished author of children’s books, non-fiction and poetry alike, gifted me with the enjoyment of her poem about Peanut, the family’s half-pint dog who is no longer here on earth. Nancy captures the heart of canine friendship, dogs and heaven in this poem which fits right in with Susi Pittman’s cause so well expressed in her book “Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know”.

I am grateful for the fellowship of writers in the St. Johns Chapter of the National Catholic Writers Guild, of which Susi and Nancy are members. My two and four-legged friends enrich my life and bring a little bit of heaven to this beautiful earth.


~by Nancy Murray

I saw Peanut yesterday,
He was pouncing on clouds
All ready to play.
I saw Peanut, late last night,
He was hop scotching stars
From light to light.
I saw Peanut, looking sad
Why? I said? “It’s nice here.
Aren’t you glad?”
I miss my folks,”
Was all he said.
Dogs, and pups hung their heads.
Oh yes, we know that’s true.
But God needed a guard.
And no one else would do!”
Really?” said Peanut
So surprised. “Me? A Guard dog?
WOW!” he cried.
And Peanut, you’ve more to do.
You’ll guard your family
On earth, help Soki too!”
I saw Peanut looking proud,
Eyes so bright, tail on high,
Woofing smiles to every crowd.
I saw Peanut alive and well
Guarding God’s Gate, the hearts and
home where the Murrays dwell.

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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