Poetry is life. Life is poetry. This is the only way I know how to describe this wonderful genre. I feel free when I write a poem. I feel connected to other people’s feelings when I read poetry. I started writing poems when I was in the fifth grade. My teacher would always read our writing assignments very carefully and she give us constructive feedback.

One day she asked us to write a Haiku poem.┬áThe form fascinated me. I wrote a few poems and handed them all in even though she had only asked for one. The teacher returned my poems on the next day with a note attached. I will never forget how empowered I felt when I read her comments. She said, “You have a knack for writing poems.” That inspired me to keep writing.

Poemattic has provided a valuable venue for me to share my poems, family stories, photographs and original art. I want to thank all of my faithful followers thus far for your continued support and inspiration. Continue to provide me with your feedback and insights. To all just remember that:

Poetry is life. It is a big part of my life.

Melba Christie


  1. Terry ( Wicked Romancer) · February 19

    I love your blog. I would like to be a poet that you feature.


  2. Aloysius Stone · February 19

    I know that feeling you speak of, and the joyous affirmation when my teacher said I was holding talent like a candle in my hand.


  3. Shery Alexander Heinis · February 19

    So true!


  4. Hi Melba,simply a beautiful poem. Thank you for stopping by.Best regards.Jaalaal


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  6. behindthemaskofabuse · February 19, 2012

    Thank you kindly for dropping by my blog. I have another that I co-run with two fellow bloggers. It’s called http://www.wepoetsshowit.com we showcase arts in all forms including of course poetry. We’d be happy to showcase your poetry should you want to share. If so, our theme and submission pages explain everything. :)


  7. Kyrielle Adelshine · February 19, 2012

    I was wondering if I could ask you a question that has been on my mind for awhile now generally – if you don’t mind…what is poetry? I mean, what does a writing have to entail in order to be considered poetry? What is the difference between mere prose versus poetic prose, etc. etc. I just wondered what your thoughts might be. If you have a moment…I’d love to hear them :0)


    • Melba Christie · February 19, 2012

      Poetry is life and poetry is life. So when your heart speaks to you, a poem may be born to you. You can probably produce prose from the same source but there is a certain intimacy when you write poetry. One must conjure up many elements when writing poetry. A poet relies on the senses; and poetry lovers rely on the poet to make them see, hear, touch, smell, and taste what life has to offer. I could go on and on about this and be more academic if you will. But the important thing is to read poetry and let it take you wherever it can. It is really up to you. Thanks for your question.


  8. Marcia · February 19, 2012

    I hope you’ll be pleased to know that I have nominated your blog for the Blog of The Year 2012 award. If you choose to participate, check here for all the details:
    Congratulations on having such great blog!


    • poemattic · February 19, 2012

      Thanks you so much. I guess book lovers find each other eventually. I am honored.


      • Marcia · February 19, 2012

        My pleasure! We have to stick together, and keep shouting “Reeeeead!!” to the rest of the world! *grin*


  9. Luigi Fulk · February 19, 2012

    If the rain breaking on a roof top can still lull you to sleep, then you still have hope.


  10. Poetry and Musings · February 19, 2012

    I totally agree with you!!! Love your blog!! :)


    • poemattic · February 19, 2012

      Thanks so much. I love your blog as well.


      • Poetry and Musings · February 19, 2012

        Thank you so much!! :)


  11. harulawordsthatserve · February 19, 2012

    I love this intro and am moved by the note your teacher gave you. I was lucky enough to have some very special teachers as a child and I too owe some of who I am and some of the paths I have taken to their influence. Oh, and I too LOOOVE, live for, poetry:-)


    • poemattic · February 19, 2012

      Thanks for your comment. Teachers these days are not given the credit they deserve for helping to shape the minds of young people so that they are productive citizens.


  12. Freedomborn · February 19, 2012

    Hi Melba sorry it has taken me so long to visit you, we have had Computer problems, I also can’t leave a Like because they have blocked me from doing so by putting a J.S error on your Blog but thank you for visiting me us we really appreciated you doing so.

    Your Poetry is beautiful, I also Love to write poetry but like sharing Scripture can only do so when lead by the Spirit as I’m Dyslectic.

    It was so good that you had a Teacher that encouraged you, how blessed we are when this happens, I will look forward to you sharing again.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.


  13. Numero Uno · February 19, 2012

    An amazing blog you have here. your work is very insightful and interesting. keep up the good work


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