where does forgiveness hide?


The people needed to forgive

but who can forgive this insanity?

The teacher read this from

a history book in 2028.

The students try to remember the events

of 2020 but some were too young.

“It was an awful time”, one student called out.

I woke up from this futuristic dream.

the question on my mind was …

Where does forgiveness hide these days?

I want to forgive the injustices

that are happening.

I believe many people do too

and they want to forget the atrocities.

But every time we look

more absurdities arise.

More misinformation resonates

and almost deafens like

someone sounding a trumpet

right by my ear.

No freedom bell to announce

the greatness promised.

The chants for peace

drowned out by gunshots.

Tear gas blinds those who were the witnesses.

Questions remain unanswered,

Some answers simply ridiculous,

because they want to keep us confused.

Where does forgiveness hide these days?

It hides with the truth and the innocent bystanders.

It is all surreal,

perhaps a hoax,

no reality here

but I continue to yearn

that I awaken from the

collective nightmare.

Are you ready to forgive and forget?

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS


I hate what is happening in our country!

How much more room is there?

Is there any space for more divisiveness,

disrespect to our 200,000 dead souls,

lies and more lies,

hatred, violence,

stringent blows to our Democracy,

hypocrisy, autocracy, a failed bureaucracy

How much more can we endure?

I started this poem with the words

I hate!

I mostly hate hate,

No matter what happens!






A medley of Quotes FROM the notorious RBG


“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” 

“So now the perception is, yes, women are here to stay. And when I’m sometimes asked ‘When will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]?’ and I say ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking at the 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference in 2012

“The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government.”— from her 2012 book “My Own Words.

“We have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world, and it starts out with three words, ‘We, the people.’” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A Medley By Melba Christie

RBG

You were the first justice I remember to decree

the rights of women and their equality

are important and a necessity.

You instilled in all of us

the need to look at our humanity.

You taught us to fight for the things that matter.

You reminded us that “we the people”

are resilient and included us all without exceptions.

You were never about the false perceptions.

You cared about the Supreme Court’s institution

and carried in your heart our constitution.

Your strength and courage remained constant in the service of

the demand for justice

I truly hope your dissents

one day become laws

God only knows our society is full of flaws.

No one and nothing is perfection

Anger, resentment, envy, and self-pity are wasteful reactions.

Unfortunately, they still exist here and now

But I promise from this day forward

and make this vow

My grand daughters and grand sons will know you well

and learn

how wrong it is to judge people on the basis of what they look like,

color of their skin, whether they’re men or women.

REST IN PEACE!

A Justice For All


I just heard the news that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has passed. The “Notorious RBG” was a strong and courageous woman. She served all people. My heart breaks because she was a role model for so many women my age. She made America a better place. We were so lucky to have her. God bless her. My condolences to her family and the thousands of women that emulated her.

Remember “Women belong where decisions are being made.”

Ten things I just do not want to hear!


Conspiracy Theories no matter where they come from!

Alternative facts!

LIES!

People telling me that what I have heard is not what I have heard or what was meant!

It will disappear!

Don’t panic!

It is a hoax!

The elections will be rigged.

There is no climate change!

News talk show hosts who are not true journalists! (And who never studied journalism.)

Oh, by the way did I say, “LIES!”

 

The Countdown Continues – Will Someone Explain Why?


I need someone to explain

what is going on in the hearts and minds

of some people.

Do we no longer believe in the Golden Rule?

Explain it to me as if I were a five year old.

Why are people gathering in closed spaces without wearing a mask?

Do people simply not even love themselves?

Why are we still so cruel to each other after all we have been through these last six months?

Why are so many in denial about this pandemic?

Why are we forgetting that this virus kills and leaves many side affects?

Why do some people think they are above the law?

Why are some people still in denial of climate change?

Do we really not believe in science?

Are we not seeing the results of the fires and storms?

Why are we not understanding

that your rights end where mine begin especially when it is about health?

Why are we not worried about the interference of others in our elections?

Why are some people set on downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19?

The countdown continues. 

So much is at risk.

Do know that empires die too?

The bigger they are the harder they fall?

Why are we willing to destroy our democracy?

I want answers to all my questions. 

I am so tired of the divisiveness, hatred, violence, stupidity, partisan attitudes, conspiracy theories, and the 

LIES, LIES and more LIES.

Do you need answers too?

 

Fire, Race & Still Hope


After watching such terrifying images of the destruction caused by the fires on the west coast of the USA, I tried to put myself in the place of the victims and simply start shaking at the thought. It saddened me so much to hear about the number of deaths including a young child. I believe that climate change is the ultimate culprit for these calamities.

I wonder if we will be able to reverse the damage so far. Three states are suffering from the fires and who knows how many people will end up with serious respiratory illnesses in the weeks to come. Louisiana is soon facing yet another possible hurricane. Puerto Rico has to deal with the sand storms that come from the Sahara. You have to see it to believe that so much soot can accumulate within just a few days. The island has also experienced several earthquakes as have so many other places.

We can only hope that science will figure out what needs to be done. We know what we can do to help the situation. During the pandemic shut down, many cities were observing how the environment seemed cleaner. Obviously, there were less cars on the roads and therefore less pollution. It simply makes sense the more we work together the better the results. Sometimes it takes something like a pandemic to help us see reality.

Racial tensions augmented during these last few months. All races came together to stand up for racial justice. I recently reread a copy of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time. I had underlined these quotes so many years ago when I first read his work and which still resonates today.

“Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death–ought to decide, indeed, to earn one’s death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life. One is responsible for life: It is the small beacon in that terrifying darkness from which we come and to which we shall return.”

“And if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it.”

                                          ― James Baldwin

Life only happens once. And for those who believe we reincarnate it still happens one life at a time and within a specific time. I hope and believe that we can make life better for each other when we decide to accept that each of us is deserving of a good life, a healthy existence, a peaceful coexistence. I still hope that we awaken to the essence of our oneness. Are you ready?

Image by Melba Christie (c) 2020

19 Years Later


Have we forgotten

who our true enemies are and were?

Have we forgotten how we united

for a powerful cause?

We vowed to never forget!

We vowed to stand together.

Nineteen years later

the pain is still so real;

tears flow,

hearts broken,

Silence of words unspoken,

bells tolled,

flags furl 

stoic salutes,

over 3000 names uttered by loved ones.

roses placed gently.

No, no, we will never forget.

Let this day be our bookmark

to the beginning of a new chapter

of the stories that will also resonate

in our minds forever 

of the losses we have had 

in these last few months

Lives taken

by a different fiend

one unseen

by friend or foe.

NEVER FORGET!

No matter what

we do know 

how to stand together!

God bless America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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