Author Archives: Melba Christie at Poemattic

A hard Journey


Our collective journey right now is a difficult one. Who do we believe? What are the hard truths we will have to face? Will we see more deaths because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Will our children safe in school? Will there be an effective and safe vaccine we can trust? Will our elections be tampered with by foreign enemies or even by our own home grown terrorists? Because chaos begets chaos and because hate begets hate and because uncertainty is a type of terrorism, we must unite to seek the truth. We cannot continue to allow anyone to divide us. We must unbury the American values we cherished so much. What happened to how we deplored big brother watching us, political coups, injustice, bigotry and leaders who lied to their people? Our country lived by values. We cherished our constitutional rights, our civil rights and liberties. What has happened to us? We were not perfect. But we knew about basic decency. We always knew what was the right thing to do for the good of us all. We the People must be the force of goodness, empathy, and compassion. We are all exhausted. We need positive energy to carry on our most valued right. The right to vote. These last few days I feel like I am in a labyrinth and here with the help of Pixabay I have tried to illustrate my poem.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Also My Prayer for today


These two great singers are among my very favorite singers. Listen and read the lyrics. They always bring me peace.

 

I pray you’ll be our eyes,
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise,
In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer,
When we lose our way
Lead us to a place,
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

La luce che tu dai (the light that you give)
I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore resterà (In my heart it will remain)
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che (To remind us that)
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei (You are the eternal star)
Nella mia preghiera (In my prayers)
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c’è (How much faith there is)
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

Sognamo un mondo senza più violenza (We dream of a world with no more violence)
Un mondo di giustizia e di speranza (A world of justice and hope)
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino (Everyone lends a hand to their neighbour)
Simbolo di pace e di fraternità (A symbol of peace and fraternity)

La forza che ci dai (The strength you give us)
We ask that life be kind
È il desiderio che (And the desire that)
And watch us from above
Ognuno trovi amor (Everyone will find love)
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a sè (Around and inside themselves)
Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Need to find a place,
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe
E la fede che (And the faith that)
Hai acceso in noi (You have ignited within us)
Sento che ci salverá (I feel that it will save all of us)

The Prayer

 

How do I unite my body and soul? – A question to be answered


During these difficult times,

when there is still

a real fear

that many more of us may even perish. (from COVID 19 – 200,000 dead and counting)

My heart knows what it has most cherished;

prayer for one thing,

even when the harsh sting,

of hate and despair,

continues and dares,

us to believe in hope.

Why don’t we realize the oneness

of our existence?

Why all the resistance

to love each other

as brothers and sisters?

As my heart beats and keeps

track of time;

we still do not know what remains.

I still sing a simple refrain

Halleluyah! Halleluyah!

Hoping to hear the answer to

How do I unite my body and soul?

 

 

 

 

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.”

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