What is the artist’s duty?


What is the artist’s duty?

Is it to invent beauty?

Is it to envision the possibility of world peace?

An artist may believe one duty

Might be the realistic representation of our crumbling society?

Should the artist’s duty be to paint the impossible dream, the deferred dream?

Should the artist mutilate figures to shock us into seeing ourselves?

Some artists will focus on lo que le dice la patria.

Others will stress nature’s everlasting fortitude and beauty.

Painting could be inquires we all have.

They can be a thousand garbled words no one understands.

It could be grotesque?

It could be an illusion?

What is the duty of the artist?

For me, it is simple. The duty of the artist is to paint a poem.

It could be an illusion? Painting by Melba Christie (c) 2019

And so to say goodbye


So simply sad, sorrowful

singularity outnumbered

souls still watching continued suffering

slightly furling flags waving goodbye.

Words dissolved by disappointment

spotlights dimmed

but the sun breaks through for the new

And so we say goodbye

hasta la vista somewhere not

and so we say goodbye

Praying for a new and superb future!

In Loving Memory — let us never forget!


Over 3000 people on average are dying every day now because of COVID 19. We must never forget these souls. May their memories be a blessing to those they left behind. My painting below is dedicated to all those hundreds of thousands of souls. Many died alone unable to speak to loved ones. The hearts represent their souls and also the broken hearts of their loved ones. We are all one in all and one in all. The butterfly represents hope. In Spanish we refer to a butterfly as “esperanza” which means hope. I hope we protect each other and continue to wear masks to protect others. So much is happening right now. But let us focus on how precious life is and how much our loved ones mean to us. Let us not forget the essence of our oneness. Stay safe! God bless!

what pandemic misery looks like


Feeling a little depressed.

No word about the funding.

Ashamed of how leaders are acting.

The numbers of the dead keep augmenting.

so many are lamenting

¿Qué será? ¿Qué será?

I had the weirdest dream last night

and this drawing emerged from my plight

and something whispered in my ear

Look at what misery looks like,

And I believe it’s true.

Is this what it looks like to you?

“Only vegetables are happy”


William Faulkner wrote “People need trouble – A little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artist do… only vegetables are happy.”

I thought about the last sentence in that quote and it served as inspiration for the following silly poem.

Only vegetables are happy.

I wondered, how would they know.

For that matter, how would we know?

How would it show?

Would cucumbers be sweeter somehow?

Is broccoli more pleased

simply by being greener?

Frankly, I don’t really care

if vegetables are happy or not.

l happen to love the lot.

So for the record

I write and am happy most of the time;

especially when my vegetables are roasted in a kabob, or

sprinkled with a little salt and pepper or simply stirred fried.

Image by moerschy from Pixabay


Wow! Democracy does work!


We witnessed democracy work on our televisions. What a relief. I hope we are ready to heal now.

I wrote this poem in commemoration of today’s historical process.

Lady Liberty smiled again today.

She knows we will survive the craze.

The Empire State Building stood even taller somehow.

Many of us in awe of our democracy sighed in relief

The country can now begin to restore its traditional belief

that after an election, we stand strong and together with whomever wins.

America matters, we all want it to thrive.

We must work together for our constitution to survive.

Today’s rain may represent the tears of joy

we so needed to shed.

Enough is enough of the fear and the dread.

It is time to be grateful for Science and the Grace of God instead.

We witnessed many receive the first vaccines to abolish COVID 19

Today hope was revived

Our country’s soul has been redeemed.

Sadly, the count of the dead has reached a milestone.

So it is up to us that their deaths will not be in vain.

Let us ring the bells of freedom and brotherly love.

And May God bless America now and forever

from the heavens above.

a flight full of hope


Today, we will witness the deployment of the long awaited vaccine to hopefully save the lives of many Americans. The mission to get scientists to find a vaccine that would be safe, effective and accepted has been a successful endeavor. We need to be grateful to science; we need to show respect for the knowledge of epidemiology experts. We have them remedy that will finally get us and the whole world back on track. There is probably a lot more to be done because we may need to refine the vaccine if other similar viruses hit us. This all happened so very rapidly. Some say that faster than for any other vaccine or drug developed before in our history.

I am fascinated by how quickly beautiful minds came together to meet the challenge of this deadly virus. They say that of course there will be side effects. It may not be viable for some folks to get vaccinated for now, like for example, pregnant women and children under the age of sixteen may not get vaccinated now. But the hope is that the distribution will be equitable and fair.

We need to keep hanging on to hope for total recovery on all levels. But in the meantime, and while the vaccine is able to reach all of us, we need to continue to be wise. We must continue to use masks, social distance and practice healthy and logical measures like washing our hands. We can do this.

I am so grateful for the vaccine. However, I have a Hanukkah and Christmas wish. I want there to be a WARP speed investment to help all those suffering from the horrible side effects of the pandemic. Our economy needs a transfusion to revive it. People are suffering especially children. Congress and the Senate need to work to get a stimulus package together. Show empathy please. It has not gone out of fashion yet. Enough is enough of the selfish motivations that ruled the last few years. Get to work please.

Attached to my wish is the wish that scientists, big and powerful PHRMA, philanthropists, get together and start a mission to get cures for other deadly diseases like Cancer, diabetes and other disabling and potentially deadly diseases that have plagued us for decades. We have made some advances but most of them are also very profitable for some folks. It seems to me that sometimes not enough energy and hurricane force speed has been applied to finding cures and instead we have conformed to receiving maintenance via poisonous drugs, submitting our bodies humiliating testing procedures and accepting one size fits all type of therapies.

Therefore, while I am grateful and hopeful for this vaccine for COVID 19. I want more people to ask themselves why can’t the same be done for other illnesses. I want us to question why medicines have to be so expensive in our country? Ask yourself why science is not more of a priority subject in our education system, so we end up with the very best medical professional, scientists and researchers.

And as the famous chef Jose Andres expressed during a recent CNN interview with Fareed Zakaria, we need to make feeding all people our priority. I remember the book, We Are What We Eat. We should have a way of making sure that our people are educated about diet and healthy lifestyles to keep our bodies as illness free as possible. Let us all think about it as a common good for all. The fast food industry must be scrutinized, more investments should be made to make out food healthier. We must support farmers and make sure huge amounts of produce are not dumped. We must address climate change. Only education, and a healthy and honest conversation about our collective survival as a society will effect the change we need. The United States has always been the leader at so many levels. Let us continue to follow paths that will help us regain that status. Do you not see how we are all connected? God bless America.

To all my friends on WordPress, my readers, and everyone out there, stay safe and God bless.

Image by Frauke Riether from Pixabay

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