Author Archives: Melba Christie at Poemattic

Life is Too Short


Sometimes I think I may survive today,

and then worry about tomorrow

some other day.

But life is too short

to live life worrying about survival.

Life is too short to live it fully;

and it is too short to die young

even when you all your dreams come true.

Every day is a new day;

today is no different.

Sometimes I think I may survive today;

so I will just worry about tomorrow

some other day.

Life’s Cycles


Poemattic: Poetry and Art for the Soul

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Life is about cycles. There is a time for everything. I try to represent this in the painting. The highlights are the moments that count, some unpredictable, some planned. I love the surprises; I welcome the challenges when life decides to spin me around. Happy cycling. We are given only a certain amount of cycles. Make them count.

Melba Christie

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New Podcast


I have been recording some of my poems for my podcast on Spotify. Please tune in and leave a comment. I will truly appreciate your support. I am lining up a few interviews with colleagues and friends. Topics will be about many of the issues that resonate with all of us these days.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/26y7BMqwSiDIAYoUoMwICl?utm_source=generator

On Father’s Day – A Haiku and A Poem for You


Sometimes I think you can say things best only once. Love you Dad.

Poemattic: Poetry and Art for the Soul

A tall oak hovers high

Sun rays slip through its strong limbs

I remember Dad!

Remembering My Dad

My dad was not a very tall man.

But he was tall enough

to protect us from harm.

He was our sunshine,

everytime he smiled.

His kindness was eternal;

He’d always go the extra mile.

He befriended those who seemed

to need a friend the most

and when it came to celebrating life

he was the best of hosts.

Everytime I look up at the sky

I want to think

he is looking down.

I know he is present

in all the things

he taught me how to love.

Like opera and tangos,

Daisies and even sweet mangoes.

My father was not a tall man

but he was a giant to me

My hero, my protector,

A prince

for all my friends to envy.

Today I think of you more than ever

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I Could Not Imagine Still Another


As a former educator, mother, grandparent, and simply a human being, I sit here wondering if another school will be added to this tragic list. I have heard people profess their prayers for the families of these innocent students , teachers and their families. But prayers are not enough anymore. We need leaders to take action.

Many of my former students could not buy cigarettes or beer before the age of 21. Why are we allowing them to buy so many rounds of ammunition and weapons that can be called weapons of mass destruction at the age of 18? No one checked this out. Why would anyone need so many bullets? Red Flags should have gone up immediately. I became physically ill when I saw the news of the massacre at Uvalde. I could only think of my grandchildren, and all children who go to school now knowing, it could happen to them. I could feel the pain of those children’s parents. I lost my son to illness and I still have a problem accepting his death. Yet, I could only blame an illness for his death. The parents, siblings, grandparents, family members and friends of these 19 beautiful children will never get over the enormous pain simply because it was senseless, evil, and probably inevitable. I think about the teachers who died and the heartbroken husband who died a few days.

I leave you with one question? The question goes to all the politicians that hesitate to act for the good of us all. What will you do when it is your local elementary, middle or high school that becomes yet another school on this deadly, dreadful list? We cannot wait one minute more. Write to your senators, congressional representatives, governors, mayors, assembly people, local government councils, and demand your constitutional right to live in peace. We can do this! We have the power with our voices and our votes. Let’s do it! God bless America!!!!

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Mary Oliver’s Poems


Mary Oliver’s poems are among my very favorite poems. I think I have most of her poetry books. Among them are The Leaf and the Cloud, American Primitive, House of light and Why I Wake Up Early. I recently wrote a list of reasons of why I wake up early which I cannot say is poetry but interesting and a learning experience for me about myself. People would ask me why I was such an early riser; I get up early even when I am on vacation and now in my retirement. It is habit I guess and I am definitely one of those creatures of habit. But After reading Mary Oliver’s poem Why I Wake up Early, I decided to write down the reasons or excuses I had for waking early. I wont bore you with the details but I will share her poem.

Why I wake up Early by Mary Oliver

Hello, sun in my face.

Hello, you who make the morning

and spread it over the fields

and into the faces of the tulips

and the nodding morning glories,

and into the windows of, even, the

miserable and the crotchety—

best preacher that ever was.

dear star, that just happens

to be where you are in the universe

to keep us from ever-darkness,

to ease us with warm touching,

to hold us in the great hands of light —

good morning, good morning, good morning,

watch, now, how I start the day

in happiness, in kindness.

Please me let me know what you think.

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Food for Thought


Design and Quote by Melba Christie (C) 2022

To all my Family and Friends. May you all have a blessed Easter. This Easter is even more significant to me. Bitter sweet in many ways as I continue to ask some profound questions.
“And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” -Rainer Maria Rilke, poet

The Tree


No one tells a tree how it should grow;

or how to shade a lonely heart.

It spreads it branches naturally.

It teaches us about eternal love;

and houses the mourning dove,

It lets the sun shine through

brilliantly from the heavens above.

The tree I planted so long ago

has seen me sobbing all alone,

when I confided all my sorrow.

What comforts me a little

is that it will hopefully still be around

for many a tomorrow.

Someone else will look up to it in awe

and wonder who it was that foresaw

the beauty and peace it would bring,

and help a lonely soul to sing,

when blossoms bloom

in the early spring.

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