Tuesday, March 22, 2011


His was a quiet courage
The purple heart of the boy-man beating
Wildly within an armourless chest
Surrounded by emeritus gladiators who had gathered with
Heroes and champions, each wearing their
Trophies of mutilated flesh
Stories, mightier than egos, relished and
Embellished at every telling
Were suddenly hushed
Into deafening silence

 He bore no sword 
 Shielded only by the faith of his forefathers
 Trusting a God who loomed larger in his heart
 Than the towering Titan before him
His weapons: a slingshot, five smooth stones
And a mustard seed of faith
Taking aim, he found an achilles on Goliath's forehead
And felled the Philistine Giant
Rising as a legend
And a King


120 Socks said...

Good take on the prompt, very mythical.

Helen said...

David! You wrote this so well.

Carrie Burtt said...

...."a mustard seed of faith"....so true....love the message in this Elaine....beautiful writing!

Southwest Arkie said...

Very nice. I love where you went with this mag!

Jim Swindle said...

This spoke to me. It's worth reading more than once. I like "the purple heart of the boy-man beating wildly within an armorless chest." One small quibble: I think it his his forehead, not his temple. 1 Samuel 17:49.

Elaine said...

Thank you. And Jim, I just read and reread another versin and will amend. Cheers!

Tumblewords: said...


Tess Kincaid said...

A wonderful telling of this biblical tale!

gautami tripathy said...


the beast demands

Brian Miller said...

david is inspiring in the obvious and not so obvious ways...he felled giants, rued kings, was a man after god's heart and he fell several times...that give me hope....

Elaine said...

Me too Brian, me too!

Jinksy said...

Good take on David and Goliath...

Lena said...

Wow! I felt that deafening silence the more I read! Perfect write, Elaine!

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