I had a dream that I had been a guest at 27 rue de Fleurus

I had a dream that I had been a guest at
27 rue de Fleurus

I had a dream
That I had been a guest at
27 rue de Fleurus

Picasso, William Carlos Williams,
Matisse and a few others happened
To drop by.

Oh my!
I felt like I was in heaven.
I asked Matisse to look at one of my portraiture paintings
The one I called exotic lady.
Not a resemblance of me. I think.
He stared at it and did not say a word.

But Picasso approached with caution
and I stepped back to let him
get a good view
and he smiled.

Oh wow!
I did not want to awake.
I wanted the dream to last
So I could speak to Carlos
And ask him about his epic Poem Paterson
This is the town where I taught for many years
I told him.

The place where “everyone has roots”
I believed that “every child is an artist”

I asked him what he thought about his Paterson today
He did not respond but my heart
knew the answer.

27 rue de Fleurus
was a beautiful place
I was in awe of the art
Overwhelmed with the culture
And the echoes of great thoughts

Oh my!
It’s time to get up
Or I’ll be late to work.

Melba Christie 2014

27 Rue de Fleurus

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I let my dream go

I let my dream go
find someone
that would commit
to it with a full heart

It did not think twice
about leaving me
But I am not surprised

I never introduced it to myself
I did not see its potential
I was not in the present

But a new dream is brewing now
it’s in my soul
sweet java
with nine lives
in the now

I can’t let go
of this one
its breath is mine
its heartbeat is mine
I cannot let go
this time

the falls

I do not know why

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I do not know why
I do not know when
but my heart needs to be at peace
it beats like a normal one
I know it loves like a normal one
but it seems that it has broken beyond repair
the bits spread throughout my chest
hoping to find the glue that will make it whole again

I do not know why
I do not know when it was broken
into such tiny pieces

They tell me God will mend it
They tell me I need to mend it myself
but I do not know how
All I know is that
what is, is what it is

I do not know why
I do not know when
but peace will be someday

Melba Christie 2014

Love of Life

Inside me is a profound love
for life itself
Each breath I take reminds me
life is too short
Too brief compared to eternity

And what is eternity?
Who truly knows its measure?
I know my love is forever and
Shall be eternal
I count the stars every night
to make it so

The leaves of grass,
Waves,
Clouds,
They will outlive me
And when I am laid to rest
They will know somehow
I loved their presence
In my life
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dilemma

do what you do best
until someone puts you to the test
you will find you won’t stand out from the rest

do want you please
or follow the quest
you proposed to yourself alone

go for your dream
or figure out something else
remember the windmills made it real

stand up for what’s right
or give in without a fight
look deep inside your heart
because in the end it all about
how guilty you feel

dilemmas will come and go
hard decisions stay for sure
what a dilemma to think
about yes or no

my dilemma today
should I go somewhere else to play
what are the options
not many I say!

Happy Anniversary to Poemattic!

It has been two years since I joined WordPress and the fascinating world of blogging. The experience has been most gratifying and I have been inspired by so many of my followers and readers. I am proud to be among such profound thinkers, peacemakers, lovers of the arts, photographers, and all others who share their day-to-day experiences and the rigors of life.

I have cried with a few of you during hard times the loss of love ones. I have laughed out loud with some of you at the wittiest comments and posts. I have been mesmerized by the creative art work and photography that transports the soul and the imagination to other realms. Thanks to my community of bloggers and to all my followers for what will be very memorable memories.

My life has changed for the better. I follow some pretty interesting bloggers who not only offer a fresh perspective on things but also open new pathways to joy and fulfillment. The blogging experience has given me a quiet refuge to speak from my heart and opportunities to help me check and reevaluate my poetry, my purpose and what really matters.

I think I am ready to reach out for some bold goals. I have submitted several manuscripts for publication. I never had the confidence to do that before. I will accept rejection if I am turned down but I am also thinking I may self publish. Time will tell. I will be still and patient in the now waiting for the moment that will be.

My baby grandson is teaching me some valuable lessons about unconditional love, patience and the simple pleasures of life. He marvels at the simplest things. He relishes every moment with just himself. He listens in attention when the birds sing and the dog barks and delights with the caress of his tender chubby cheeks. The amazing world of new wonders and discovery is heart warming. These few months with him and my six-year-old grandson inspired me to write more poetry for children.

So thanks to all of you for your support and inspiration. Happy Blogging and may poetry always be a source of happiness. Celebrate with me today by sending my blog to someone you know, Making a comment and/or by clicking like. :)

Melba Christie

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Experiments

my grandson discovered

that experiments help you figure out stuff

 

slowly learning to be patient with nature

his curiosity just was not enough

 

To rush a plant to grow any quicker

but he persevered without a gruff

he realized that he can create in the rough

what a surprise came to his big brown eyes

what he predicted was correct

 

he learned to use an arbitrary measure

and what an adventure

to builder a glider

a secret he will only share with an insider

 

my heart leaps to see him rejoice

with every new discovery he makes

you can hear the excitement n the lilt of his voice

I hope his enthusiasm never ceases

and his curiosity never decreases.

never

 

 

A quick thought about diversions today

What is diversion?

Dictionaries will define it as

“an activity that diverts the mind from tedious

or serious concerns;

a recreation or pastime.”

But I believe diversions have a new life now

almost a life of their own

they dictate what

we need to think about

how we do things

and tell us when

A diversion comes packaged

in individual devices

that divert attention

from the now.

On the one hand

they help us to concentrate on a given goal

but they are also very clever or smart enough

to distract us so we miss out on life’s simplicities

like returning a smile

or watching the tree sway peacefully against the sunset,

My concern is simple:

Will our future generations

really know what they’re missing

and will it matter?

Addiction

We mourn those afflicted

by addiction

every day

of their lives

in anticipation of the inevitable.

 

fearing the way

they may

loose their souls one day

 

it seems too easy for some to get high

the question is why

they need to live such a lie

they fool no one

but themselves

they escape nothing

but hurt everyone who loves them

 

what goes through their mind?

what great pleasure derived,

that they risk death?

 

what urges envelope

some souls so fearlessly?

 

Addiction is an affliction

some say a disease

Does this news put you at ease?

 

Pardon me please

i will never comprehend

the affliction of addiction.

 

* I pray for all those who fight addiction. I was so sad to hear that one of my favorite actors may have died from an overdose.

 

 

 

 

Today’s Inspiration

Today’s inspiration

is a little boy named Nicholas

He always has a smile for me

His eyes ask quietly.

When I read him a story

he listens  carefully.

He’s only eleven months old

seems to know a good story

when it’s told

His eyes are big and brown

and laugh on their own

Nicholas is a happy baby and does not know about a frown

 

This is why he is my inspiration

All his world is fascination

I wonder what he does with his imagination.

 

I try to look at things through his eyes

because his small world is all surprise.

 

* Dedicated to my grandson

 

 

 

 

 

Focus

Keep focused on what matters.
Keep focused on what matters. Melba Christie 2014

“Become a vessel for inspirational flow.” Focus on a world that will be peaceful and less violent everyday. The peace begins in your heart first. It was placed there by God. When others see, feel, and understand that peace lives inside of each of us, then they too will feel the flow.                                                          

- Melba Christie

12 Favorite Quotes to Write by in 2014

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I found an old notebook as I was trying to give some order to the stuff that is stored in the attic. I always sit as comfortably as possible when this happens because I end up reading the whole notebook in remembrance of things past.

These are quotes I had jotted in some entries and they added up to twelve of my favorite quotes about thinking and writing. Most of them are by my favorite poets and writers. I decided I would use them to remind me of what will be most important throughout this brand new blogging  year.

I hope you find some worthy of adopting for your use.

1. “A poem is never finished only abandoned.”

- Paul Valery

* I found a few poems I abandoned and will work on them again.

2. “As for style of writing, if one has anything to say, it drops from him simply and directly, as a stone falls to the ground.”

- Henry David Thoreau

3. “The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.”

- David Hare

* This has been so true for me personally.

4. “When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong – or absolutely right.”

- Albert Guinan

5. ““Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
- Virginia Woolf

*Her life too.

6. “How do I know what I think until I see what I say.”

-  E. M. Forster

7. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you”

- Maya Angelou

8. ““Delay is natural to a writer. He is like a surfer — he bides his time, waits for the perfect wave on which to ride in. Delay is instinctive with him. He waits for the surge (of emotion? of strength? of courage?) that will carry him along.”

- E.B. White

9. “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.”

- Emily Dickinson

10. “Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

- Buddha

* I try to write with this purpose.

11. “To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.”

- Joseph Chilton Pearce

* Fear does take over sometimes. It is usually the fear that was instilled in me by my seventh grade teacher. I always her voice inside my head. “Be clear and precise and for heavens sake be careful with your grammar.

12. ““There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”

- Beatrix Potter

* I loved her books as a kid.

Happy Blogging!

Melba Christie

 

 

 

 

A poet is a little god

Someone once told me

a poet is a little god

inside your heart

who listens

when your heart sings

and knows more things

about you

than you know

about yourself.

 

A poet is a little god

who helps you to feel deeply

emotions you never felt before.

 

A poet is a little god

who brings you inspiration

and the perfect combination

of words and rhyme

to a love poem

for the person you adore.

 

A poet is a little god

who spreads so much love

and makes

what you thought

was impossible – happen

with a little help from the heavens above.

 

 

 

 

Day 2

 

 

You are still too young

to know the dreams

I store in my heart

 

Your predecessor may have told you about me

I am a dreamer; an unconditional believer

a non-conformist when injustice exists

a lover of nature and knowing

 

But I want you

to listen closely

to me please

I need you to be a true north

a lucky seven

helping time to pass quickly 

for those who suffer

and slowly for those who

need the extra time to resolve

 

I feel that you will be better

that you will go down

in history as a bountiful year

a year where we begin to

understand each other more

 

I look forward to every day

one day at a time

making every minute count

for me and those I love.

 

 

@)!$ 0r 2014

@)!$ 0r 2014

No matter what happens
No matter what your resolutions may be
A new year is a new journey
A new year is what you help it to be
2014 or @)!$
Make it the best

Melba Christie at Poemattic wishes you a Happy New Year! Thanks to my readers for your continued support.

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