I used my second book for this writing exercise and the first word that I pointed to on Page 125 of this 452 page book was Goliath. I was writing a song for a wedding, sort of a parody about the Bob Dylan song ‘Highway 61’ and I wrote, “God said to David, ‘Goliath is here, pull out your sling’, David said, ‘I am not violent, how about if I just sing’.” Everybody knows the story of the shepherd boy that killed the giant, but what else do we really know about Goliath? Goliath was a Philistine warrior who probably scared the hell out of anyone who saw him on the battlefield. He may not have been as great of a warrior as Achilles, but I bet that he had a lot of kills under his belt. Were the ancient people shorter than people in modern times, and if so would Goliath be considered a normal size person today?
Was he married, did he have children? Was David a master of the slingshot, using it every day to keep wolves away from his sheep? Did David just get lucky, hitting Goliath in the perfect spot to take him down? There are so many questions that will never be answered, because history favors winners over losers. This story became about David and even the Philistines forgot Goliath. There is no statue of Goliath and no temples named after him, because he lost a battle that he was supposed to win.
Written for 6/8/19 Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is to “open book, point, write”.