David and Goliath

David took five smooth stones
from a stream to fight
Goliath—nine feet tall, carrying
javelin, spear, and sword.
The giant’s people, Philistines, crafted
drones, hypersonic missiles—
secrets to success in battle.
David, armed with courage hard and fragile
as a diamond, faced
odds horrible to imagine.
What if one stone from David’s slingshot
hadn’t killed the monster?
What if, surviving all five stones,
Goliath with his warriors surged
forward, a manic death machine?
What if David’s tribe said,
We need our stones for ourselves,
leaving David alone
with bare, empty hands?

About the Poem

As Republicans in Congress blocked further aid to Ukraine, a small nation fighting to free itself of Russia, a large, oppressive dictatorship, the unfairness of the fight made me think of the Bible story of David and Goliath. Ukraine will die a horrible death if Russia is allowed to win it. And because Russia seeks to re-establish the Soviet Union, it might then invade NATO countries, which the United States is sworn to defend–not only with arms but with soldiers and blood.

About the Author

Jacqueline Coleman-Fried is a poet living in Tuckahoe, NY. Her work has appeared in Topical Poetry, The NewVerse News, Consequence, The Orchards Poetry Journal, Sparks of Calliope, pacificREVIEW, and soon, HerWords Magazine.

1 thought on “David and Goliath”

  1. An interesting allegorical poem. But I take issue with your comments about Russia. May I suggest that you research what John Mearsheimer has said on the subject. He is a highly respected US pundit.
    Personally, I said at the outset, before real hostilities commenced, that Ukraine’s best course of action was to sit down with Russia and negotiate. That would have saved a lot of lives, expense and saved Ukraine’s political integrity. But it’s not what happened. Too many people, including Boris Johnson (UK Prime Minister) wanted war. So what have we got now? Stalemate. And the flower of Ukraine’s youth dead, maimed or in exile. It didn’t have to have been that way.

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