Many folks read poetry silently mindful that they may not fully understand the meaning, the purpose, the theme, and the fluidity of a poem. Why do some poems deserve to be anthologized, memorialized, memorized and even metamorphized into sweet song lyrics. I secretly hope mine are someday. Poems are best when read aloud I learned that late in life. They resonate and infuse your blood … Continue reading Reading Poetry Aloud
Reading Aloud Can you sing some jazz? Who can these days? Does anyone have the razzmatazz? How can we sing? We are all cooped up; Sort of like confined to Alcatraz. I am feeling the deepness of the rut. Well I know I possess the pizzazz; But only if you let me cry as much as I want. It is the only way … Continue reading Can You Sing Some Jazz?
My heart speaks up all the time but the thoughts are only mine. My soul speaks up frequently; but my soul swears me to secrecy. However today I must speak out loud I must make at least, Mrs. Metelitz proud. She always told us to take control of the shroud. She told us to take a stand and if we must, even reprimand what is … Continue reading Challenge Response by Melba Christie – I must speak up
I believe that we all need to learn to breathe intently and mindfully in order to free ourselves from pain and anxiety and to reach calmness. Continue reading On Breathing
I hope you know many people do love and respect you. Many of us work to save you in different ways. We recycle, plant and make sure that our politicians know that we must be serious about taking care of you. Did I tell you cherry blossoms are very beautiful this year; Red Robbins come to visit us every morning. The grass is sprouting and … Continue reading Beloved Earth
I never learned how to sew even though my mom tried endlessly to show me the basics like hem the edge of the fabric to keep the raw edge from unraveling. Perhaps a lesson for life was embedded but I was definitely too hard headed I would exclaim sewing is boring, I mean who wants to measure and do all that scoring. Whom would have guessed … Continue reading Masquespade
This week’s challenge is to write a poem starting with the line: “I must speak up today.” I am looking forward to reading your poems so please post them on your sites and send me a link in the comments section of any of my posts this week. In the meantime, stay safe, stay home if you can, and keep the faith. Don’t forget to … Continue reading Poetry Challenge – I must speak up today . . .
My days, these days, always begin with prayer. Nothing scripted or too profound, only from my heart and without despair. I try to speak succinctly, clearly and with calm to the almighty universe and any God who will listen. Sometimes I sneak in a proposition, with the hope that there is no repetition, of the mistakes we made in the past. I ask for healing … Continue reading Poetry Challenge Response – Coping
Got on line masked and subdued, nothing much else to do. My shopping list as long as the line not everyone looked fine. Glazed suspicious looks and stares as if no one were there to comfort or to care. Finally a signal to walk right in. I hope this time I’ll find everything. Blue masking tape marks the spot where the sixth feet distancing between, … Continue reading Got On line
We are all coping or trying very hard to cope with the situation at hand. Write a poem about how you are coping. I think it is so important to share our thoughts, fears, and anxieties with others. But we should offer uplifting thoughts or share good strategies for coping. Reading a poem and writing helps me cope. Gratitude also helps. Thank someone who is … Continue reading A New Poetry Challenge – Coping
What will be? ¿Qué será? This was the title of my late sister’s favorite song. It was one of the last pieces she requested to listen to in the hospital. I cannot help to think about the COVID 19 victims who may have passed asking ¿Qué será? I ask myself this question every day since the beginning of this nightmare. What will be? Well this … Continue reading ¿Qué Será?
Easter, Passover, and Ramadan All in April this year. Yes. Festivities cancelled, Yes. Family reunions. No. Time for reflection and introspection. Yes. Very true. For me and for you too. There is no difference here We all are facing the same fears. We all want this to end. So we can hug and elderly parent or a friend. The three faiths tied together in some … Continue reading Faith
The spirit, the truth of silent prayer – just the moon on the road. -Kikusha-Ni This poem says so much in such few words. I recently posted a video, “A Prayer For Us All” on my YouTube channel that focuses on prayer and meditation during this difficult time for so many. Silent prayer and stillness has never been more needed. I invite you to watch … Continue reading HAIKU – Prayer
Not fancy at all no stars or Yelp reviews to talk about only the neighbors on 18th Street will sing and shout they know the feasts that happen there the cook and his wife really do care the aromas entice and hipnotize Calories are never counted until you realize your mid section has grown a little bit more. So if you want the best roast … Continue reading My Favorite Restaurant Poetry Challenge Response