September 28, 2014: Citrus Blues

~by Paula Veloso Babadi


Beyond the wax-like skin,
behind the rind,
beneath connective fibers,
raw cells within the whole
bleed one by one into invading atmosphere.
Dissected now,
each segment swallowed by the cavern
cries its essence bittersweet
into the void.
Peelings and pulp spat out
and undigested seeds
(food for the worms)
shall one day make a flower grow.


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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