October 7, 2015: INTERMISSION

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

“Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you.” Matthew 11:28

Douay-Rheims edition

Life is full of drama and some of it is just plain wearisome. On the other hand, some of this drama can give rise to energy and passion. It’s a choice. When everyday life gets so overwhelming, I look for the intermission. Some people would call it a break, a staycation, a re-assessment, a rejuvenation – and in those regenerative moments is the potential to fuel passion, new ideas, and great resolve. Each dilemma, challenge or problem is a call to consideration and action instead of a cause for paralysis.

I have the most amazing daughter who, at eighteen years of age, understands the principal of choice in life; of doing the right thing versus what’s easy, and facing what’s difficult versus falling into to numbness. She asked me to be her accountability partner for an early morning personal growth program called The Miracle Morning developed by Hal Elrod. Her request, at a time when I was truly weary, breezed new air into my daily life. I am awake and energized by the possibilities ahead; so far, doing this program with my daughter is immensely more satisfying than taking a break or a staycation; it’s given me a new play for an old stage – one filled with anticipation and excitement. This poem is for you, Sheila. Thank you, I love you and am so proud of you.


~ Paula Veloso Babadi

I’m ready for the pause – footlight’s flicker to grow dim –

so I can reconsider; breathe new air, then go back in

with blinders gone and wide awake, new scenes anticipate;

as life strewn upon this stage has not yet sealed its fate.


Each passing act, each changing voice projects truth ever clear,

the present choice, the forward move need not be born of fear.

In that brief pause I visualize new plots reality

and firmly plant within my brain access to brighter destiny.


What greater climax to this drama than right before my eyes –

at close of intermission – new paths I realize

as the play moves ever onward

and of life I stand in awe

anticipating heaven’s gate -

the perfect denouement.


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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