My Favorite Dr. M.L.King Quotes

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

These are just a few of my favorite quotes. I think they are timeless. I hope we reflect on his wisdom and move to act and do what Is right to honor him.

Poemattic Becomes Bilingual in 2016

This decision is not linked to a New Year’s resolution because I do not believe in making resolutions. The other day, coincidently at the beginning of this year, I was thinking about the fact that I am totally bilingual and that I write poems and stories in Spanish. Some pieces are direct translations but many I originally wrote in Spanish. I found a few in notebooks I had stored away in the attic. As I read through the notebook I thought about my mom and dad. They were so proud of their heritage and native language. I know my dad must have been smiling from heaven. Thus, I  decided to include a poem written in Spanish every month.  I hope that you will spread the word. I will include a translation as well.

In the meantime, I have been painting, sketching and drawing to accompany some of my poems. I hope you are all having a wonderful new year thus far. Happy blogging And creating.

 

My Wishes for 2016

I wish I did not have to wish for anything at all

I wish things were perfect like in some fairy tales

But if you don’t wish then you’ll never know if they come true.

So here it goes,

my list of wishes for the New Year 2016:

 

I wish for humankind to understand

that love is what will save us.

I wish for peace, of course,

but moreover, I wish that all of us would want it

so bad that we would not accept anything else.

I wish that the elderly were appreciated more.

I wish I could have longer and more fascinating

conversations with my children so that they

get it, get life  I mean, and finally get me.

I wish we did not have to listen to crazy

politicians two years before an actual election.

I wish cancer especially in young children could be abolished.

I wish that real and productive research is devoted to all diseases.

I wish I could live in three places at the same time.

I wish for no more natural disasters.

I wish guns would disappear from the face of the earth.

I wish for privacy in my own hands.

I wish for an equitable pay for women.

I wish for maturity for those who lack it;

youthful thoughts for those who getting older

and people to be at peace and feeling well.

I wish for brotherly love, authentic acts of kindness,

and the concept of passing it forward to intensify.

I wish all my followers, and the blogger community

that all your wishes are fulfilled

and I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you believe in Santa, Grandma?

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Yes, I believe in Santa.

Don’t ask me why?

I love his red cheeks,

his jolly and heartfelt chuckle,

and chubby belly held up by a great big buckle.

 

Although you may think

I am a little too old,

I still believe in Santa Claus

truth be told

when it is time for him to appear

with his beautiful sleigh and gracious reindeer

it is also the time

that people seem to smile a little bit more

and some folks are kinder than ever before

Everything seems to be so much brighter

and the hugs that I get are a little bit tighter.

 

It is a time for family to get together

It is a time when even the sick feel a bit better

Yes, my dear grandson, I still believe in Old St. NIck!

I believe I once saw him climb down a chimney made of red brick.

Someone tried to convince it was all just a trick

But the joy and the comfort that happens to be

during this time of year is the best; Don’t you agree?

 

So, I tell you believe me

for remember it happens to be

the celebration of the birth of Jesus

and other holidays as well

when people no matter where

they may be from

celebrate love, peace

and they all seem to know

that when you believe

Who knows what miracles, together we can achieve.

 

-Melba Christie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Connectivity

The blue sky connects us

trees connect us

raindrops connect us

the beautiful songs of birds,

the fluttering of a butterfly

and the buzzing of a bumble bee

connect us.

When we breathe in

and when our hearts beat

we are even more connected.

Let’s take advantage

of the connectivity

and pray for peace.

 

Super Connectivity

Design By Melba Christie

 

does everyone know we all want to be happy?

does everyone know we all want to be happy?

sometimes I wonder

if every one of us truly knows this as a truth

because if so

we would not hurt each other the way we do

 

does everyone know we all want to be happy?

we have the right to pursue happiness you know

no matter where we are or where we go

happiness lives within

closely listen

for it is a lesson

a pure heart wants to share with us.

 

does everyone know we all want to be happy?

I certainly hope so

because such knowledge

can only bring us together

we are all one

“a cheerful heart has a continual feast”

our hearts all beat the same

perhaps even synchronous

I can almost hear our symphony,

Our sadness is the same as well

so there is only one more thing to tell

let us live in peace

Peace is not season;

it must be a way of life.

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