Look Inside Their Hearts

I watched in awe

sitting in the first row

of a small cafetorium

as forty children performed

their very much rehearsed musical show.

Each child so unique and special

watched in anticipation for the signals

of their beloved music teacher.

The tamborine players started the jamboree

The maraca players joined in at the count of three

Then the drummers followed faithfully.

The teacher’s face glowed with pride

and we all learned for just an instant

to look inside their hearts as she does everyday.

One can see the unconditional devotion

the audience filled with emotion

clapped and cheered as each child was introduced

I heard someone say:

“I will never underestimate

the power of a teacher.”

It is all about one’s expectation

and the magic music can bring.

When all was said and done

my heart was so happy and

wanted to sing.

* This poem is dedicated to good teachers and most of all to those who devote their career to children with special needs. Most of the children in the show were autistic. It was amazing.

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Questions about the writing on the walls

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Writing on walls

always warrant some questions.

Why deface walls at all?

Have you no canvas as tall?

For whom exactly is your message intended?

Ask me why I feel offended?

Graffiti? Really?

Did this place not inspire ease?

Who do you think will be pleased?

I for one am sad that nothing

is left to the imagination.

Were you looking for inspiration?

This was such a zen place.

Now the Coqui feels disgraced.

No one can concentrate on its sweet song at night.

The distraction is too great.

What does it say anyway?

Nothing that means something to me?

So you see

the writing was not on the wall afterall.

*I love art.  I respect all art forms. I support freedom of expression. What I hate is when such serene and beautiful natural spaces are obstructed or defaced.

* The Coqui is a small cricket indigenous to the Island of Puerto Rico.

At Three Months of Life

At three months of life

you’d think there is not

much to speak of

but when I look into

her baby blues

she tells me it’s true

There is hope!

 

Her curiosity inspires me

to sing again and be happy

just because there is so much more to see

 

At three months of life

you’d think there is not

much to speak of

but you would have to

watch her pay attention

to the reality that surrounds her

no fear

just wonder

and then

she smiles so dear

 

Today my beautiful granddaughter

is three months young

and I have to tell you

I have never ever had so much fun.

 

 

 

Face to Face

Face to Face

Eyes of fiery crimson
staring at the moon
in wonder and confusion

Intuition tip toes
into each heart
and fear
makes it clear

Now face to face
with fate and hate
it’s time to make a move

what it boils down
to
is
it’s you vs me
because we will not see
eye to eye

we need to co-exist
whether Lamb of God
or Tyger, Tyger

“In what furnace was thy brain?”
Face to Face with shame
Let the shelves of history books refrain
we decided to retire and not ignite the fire

© melba christie

We often forget our purpose
We often forget we are all a part of each other

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The Power of Reading

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Read my child

as much as you can

Read about other people

in far away lands

for it will expand your mind

and your heart

you will never be lonely

even when we are apart.

 

Read to know where you will stand

to make the world a better place

and build ideas upon demand

 

Read to discover yourself

and make of you a masterpiece

Read all the great books on the shelf

they will enrich your imagination.

Reading can take you to any destination

 

The power of reading is amazing

So read my child and you will see

You can create your own fascination.

 

 

Sunflowers

image   Painting by Melba Christie (c) 2015

Sunflowers

Sunflowers speak

A different language

That no other flower can

But when they speak to me

Somehow I understand

 

They stand tall in attention

listening very  carefully

To the songs of the angels

singing gleefully

their message is to spread your love

completely and openly

as often as you can.

This is why I try to paint

Sunflowers like Van Gogh

Although they may be a little rough

I know one thing is for sure.

I follow through with the message

Sunflowers were  created to make.

Love is the most important thing in life

Make no mistake.