WordPress Bloggers Quotable Quotes


I continue to read the great material the WordPress bloggers write every day. I feel like I have access to many muses with such diversity of discourse and thought. Thoughts about thoughts that can be mind boggling at times. To all those who follow my blog I am very grateful for your continued support. You inspire me to become more thoughtful about the words I choose and about what I write. Thank you. Happy blogging!

From: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/texaspoet
“Many write poems to sell. Others to gather a form of following of one’s ego. My only reason in writing my poetry is to share my own personal journey with others.”

From: http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/to-curse-or-not-to-curse-that-is-the-question/
“While I know that real life is not all sunshine and daisies and curse words are employed quite regularly in the everyday language, I don’t see their purpose or literary merit when it comes to fiction. Some might say that it’s realistic and manages to show just how angry or peeved a character is, but as someone once told me, you don’t need to use swearing to show that. A good writer will be able to show the reader just how angry their character is by employing other techniques.”

From: http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/top-10-gifts-for-writers/
“What do you give a writer? You can’t bottle inspiration, buying an agreeable agent would probably be out of your budget, and I don’t think the antidote for writer’s block has been discovered yet (though I’m betting a placebo would do just as well).”

From: http://101books.net/2012/09/20/ian-mcewan-on-his-writing-process/
“I love hearing about the writing process of successful novelists. It makes me realize that these people are just like me–they’ve figured out there is no set formula on writing and they do what works for them.”

From: http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/writers-are-teachers-are-you-ready-to-teach/
“TeachNow changed my understanding of what it is to be a teacher. I learned that the teacher doesn’t need to know everything. I learned that teaching is less about instruction and more about helping students rediscover what they already know. I learned that teaching is also about holding space and giving students permission to explore and experiment and create. My friend just posted this quote on Twitter and it reminded me of everything I learned with TeachNow: “The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.”
~Seymour Papert

From: http://akissofbliss.wordpress.com/
“If others are putting you down or pointing out your flaws, then consider the source. Smile, and outshine them with your positive attitude.”

Gentle Intelligence


Some would call her a little slow;

others never labeled her but

just accepted her “as is”.

Today I discover we are all wrong.

I found that in her heart lives a song

to be played and registered as an opus

announcing an intelligence

unknown to us

the ones who know it all.

Her insight blinded

by our failure to see the truth

hidden in her gentle soul.

From her I learn

humility and the meaning

of unconditional love

and compassion.

A lesson I will never forget.

 

Haiku #24


                                                          Photo by Melba Christie
                                                        Still in the desert
                                                        a voice is the seed of love
                                                        a miracle grows
                                                                                by Melba Christie

Now and Forever – In Memory of My Mom


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“Now and Forever

was the song playing on the radio

that lonely morning

as I drove to see you one

last time.

I could not sleep

thinking you might not last

through the night

and you did not.

“you are a part of me

now and forever,

and

Sometimes I wish I could always be with you

The way we used to do”

You were always there for me

and I miss you so much.

It has been 19 years to the day

you decided not to stay

and I know deep in my heart

why you could not

and it’s O.K.,

I know you found the way

to heaven.

Dear Mom,

“And I think about all the words between us

That never needed to be spoken”

“Now and forever

I will always think of you.

Now and forever

I will always think of you.”

Red Admirals


A swarm of Admiral butterflies
apparently switched the command they were
given and came North to hang out in New Jersey
How long will they stay?
Their longevity is only 90 days.
I will take whatever time they have.
And should they decide to return
to their sweet Carolina
or take the mid-night train to Georgia
I just might go with them.

WordPress Bloggers Quotable Quotes of the Week


Here are this week’s Quotable Quotes: 

I want to thank my fellow Word Press Bloggers for being such a great source of inspiration. 

                                                                                        Melba Christie

From: http://marianne365days.wordpress.com/

“Creating your own vision board is a simple way of focusing on what is important in your life and what you hope to get out of it. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a board; it could just as well be a scrapbook.”

From: http://matrifocalpoint.com/

“We must remember we are ONE nation. We can be united. We are stronger when we are united, when we care about our society, our people, our neighbors, and when we value and celebrate our differences.”

I love this blog because I am a lover of words and language.

From:  http://eurolinguiste.wordpress.com/eurodictionary/

“Acquisitioned: English. The word acquisition, typically a noun, used in verb form. Originated with Eurolinguiste. SYN: acquired.

Crowdy: English. A variation of the word crowded. Originated with M.

Crumpy: English. Poor tempered; grumpy. Originated with M.

Interestating: English. More syllables add further emphasis in regards to how interesting something may be. Originated with M.

(It) Marches: English. It works. As in, “yes, the outlet marches.” Originated with Eurolinguiste.

Toaster: French. To toast. Pronounced toast-ay. In a sentence Est-ce que tu veux que je toaste le pain ? Do you want me to toast the bread? Originated with Eurolinguiste.”

A Remembrance


I looked up the Top 100 hits of 2001. To me it is as if though the songs of that year never existed. I lost my sister that year under other circumstances. She heard of the horrific news on the radio. Her favorite radio show had been interrupted. She was very ill and could not see but I remember her telling me how fearful she was in her hospital room that day. I could not remember one of the hits for that year. I thought about how there is always a song that reminds you of a significant moment in your life. I used some of the titles of the hits that year to compose my poem as a remembrance. Perhaps some of these songs may have been their favorites. I hope it brings solace to some of their loved ones. God bless America.

 

It was a “Beautiful Day” in September
The sky so crisp and so blue
Who would have ever imagined
It would be the horror we would remember.

Our Finest and Bravest did not hesitate
and came to rescue
From everywhere
Never wondering what might be their fate

With their “Arms Wide Open
Although their hearts were broken
Their commitment and their “Promise”
Always endured
United and strong
they swore that never ever “Again”
would anything so despicable and so wrong
be allowed to happen.

We are still “Hanging by a Moment
Although “It’s Been a While”
Only Time” will tell
If our hearts will heal “Again”
It has become “Family Affair
As our country
gathers every year
to remember those who left us
so hopeless and full of fear.

All of You” are always present
In our minds and in our souls
“Missing You” forever
With the deepest “Love” of all.

This I Promise You
We will never forget!

 

 

 

 

The 10 Best First Lines in Poems


The 10 Best First Lines in Poems

A poem’s first line just like a song’s or a great book’s can hook you for life. These are in my opinion the best ten lines from some of my favorite poems and I have to admit I have many. Poemattic will provide the titles and authors in the next post.

 
What is the best first line in a poem that you have read?

Do you know the titles of the poems these first lines are from?

I
Hold fast to dreams
The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
Oh mother, mother, where is happiness?
II
I know what the caged bird feels, alas!
If I could catch the green lantern of the firefly I could see to write you a letter.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
III
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
I woke up real early to write about death, but
Do not go gentle into that good night

Melba Christie

 

 

First Day of School


 

I just received a photo of my grandson on the first day of school via e-mail. He started kindergarten today and his face says it all. He looks confident and stands straight wearing a brand new uniform. The photo brings me back to the day his father’s first day in kindergarten. He had his shiny new superman lunch box in one hand and a small book bag in the other. This is when book bags were simple and light. Kindergarten was a time for play and to engage in socialization. It was a time to begin to learn all the things that you would need to know the rest of your life.
My grandson on the other hand is wearing a big backpack and he looks so grown up. He already has a school resume having attended nursery school and Pre-K for a few years now; so school is nothing new to him. But he is attending a new school this year and so I hope he is able to adjust to his new environment.
But so many other children start school without any prior experience. Today, children are expected to know most of the alphabet, recognize the primary colors, identify geometric shapes and count to 100 before they put a foot inside the Kindergarten class. They are expected to have developed pre-reading skills like recognition of basic sight words. Kindergarten is simply not the same as when my son and daughter went to school. The exigencies are different and the pace is strict. Of course I devoted a lot of time to teaching them many things as a precursor to entering kindergarten but I did want some things to be discovered at school.
Today we need to make sure that five year old children are aware of their surroundings, understand the difference between good versus bad touching, and to develop some street smarts. Times have definitely changed. I just hope that my grandson’s experience is memorable and that he learns to love learning.
Since we live in different states I am making sure that I am a part of the experience. I told him I would write him a letter every week for him to practice reading. I send him activities to reinforce the skills in all areas. I want him to know me as a person and as someone who loves reading and learning. I want to restore some of those twentieth century skills like letter writing and good penmanship. I want him to be articulate and be able to write notes or messages longer than 140 characters. I believe that these skills are still part of building friendships and family relationships. I won’t mind if you call me old fashion. After all, I am a grandmother and I am entitled to be a little old fashioned sometimes.

 

I’ll Just Put It Off Until the Next Life


There is only one life to live
Sometimes, the one you get
is too short or so it seems.

People say all the time
They do not have time for it all
Or they ask
Where has time gone?

If this is happening to you
Just put it off until the next life
I am not sure we are guaranteed
A second existence
But just in case
It won’t hurt to plan for one

It will be better
You will have time to plan ahead
Kind of a bucket list in the reverse

Or it could just be
these are the things I did not have time to do list
In reality I never made time to be me
Instead,
I became a whole lot of other people
So, now that I know
I will not be able to do it all just in this one life
These are the things I will put off
until the next, like:

dancing in the rain
auditioning for the opera
having a pillow fight
learning to play the harp
boxing in a real ring
painting a masterpiece
winning the National Spelling Bee
finding the ultimate cure for heartbreak
designing the perfect kitchen
and making sure
I do what counts the most first.

 


What is Poetry to Me

Poetry ignites me;
It allows me to see things clearly;
To touch things with my eyes,
To be able to feel with my nose,
To dance on my hands,
while in the meantime time, I keep drumming, drumming, drumming away for life to be lived.

Poetry to me is the opportunity to say what my heart was afraid to say out loud.
It’s an opportunity to connect to myself and find my soul.
It’s an opportunity to reach Nirvana and bring someone with me.
It’s the sweet feeling that comes within a split second to help you realize you have written
A unique verse to soothe your soul and maybe someone else’s
When I recite a favorite line of mine
And I sigh, take a deep breath, and nod my head in approval
I realize how poetry is life itself.
It is my life
Poetry dares to ask myself about me
when I need to know me all over again.

                         –  Melba Christie

What is poetry to you? I would love to hear from you.

Poetry Books

Dèjá vu, perhaps?


 

 

Déjà vu, perhaps?

A past life collided with the present one
It asked, “Have I been here before?”
Do I know you?
The present life responded,
“Yes, I think so.
We only lived the moment.”
Déjà vu, perhaps?
No. I don’t know.
I can’t remember.
I am well now though
I live with purpose
Or at least I think I do.
Do you?