September 15, 2014: No Stone for David

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

I believe every aspect of God’s created world provides an opportunity to reveal himself to us. Even the pouring rain, cold and stinging as it may be confirmed for me the goodness and kindness of my fellow man – a reflection of God’s care for the details of our lives. This is a tribute to David Reid, a co-worker, who got soaking wet making sure I stayed dry during a period of recuperation from knee surgery. He battled the angy sky from our work building to my car, beat the giant and won my sincerest appreciation.

No Stone for David

Today, open sky
pouring Goliath tears
straight-aimed at naked places
to the sea outside
pelts harder than the ancient shepherd’s stone.
This day,
no stone as David had to slay lion or bear
in rescue of his father’s sheep,
just a heart
expanded larger than the giant,
pulse quicker than slingshot
in a breath
without thought for self,
whose kindness saved me.
No stone for you, David,
against the angry sky –
only a simple umbrella
offered by your warm heart
to this thankful soul.


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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