The morning skies seemed brighter, bluer
as if they were getting ready
for the evening gala of fireworks.
Mrs. Johnson draped her front porch
with four crescent shaped old glories
one for each pillar of our democracy
signifying peace, honor, truth and justice.
It was day as sacred as any holy day
people believed in our purpose as a nation
and we celebrated surrounded by family and friends
and shared home made apple pie;
corn on the cob, hot dogs and hamburgers
and somehow we knew
there would be more to come.
The radio played the National Anthem all day
Many would pledge allegiance
to become the new Americans
who came to fulfill lifelong dreams.
it did not matter what party you voted for.
The fourth of July
meant looking back on the one thing
every human being cherishes the most
our right to freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
God Bless America!
a sweet memory visits me
I could feel her hug me tight
and I feel free
to let go of my fears.
comes at a cost;
we must free ourselves
of negative thoughts;
even the ones we produce on our own,
certainly those grim ideas pronounced
on loud speakers by others.
It seems these days,
the loud speakers are louder than ever.
We know their truth and legitimacy.
there is no doubt.
FEAR suppresses the soul;
But I need a thousand colorful
and unbustable bubbles
to help me smile, sing,
I need soft commotion and jubilation.
Join me at least for today.
My tribute goes deep. One of my family members was first responder and we are grateful she is still in our lives. A couple of my former students at the time lost family members. A colleague lost his cousin. As everyone else, I remember vividly the events of the day. I can remember things I said, what I had for breakfast and the pounding of heart. It all started during the first period of the school day. I had to be strong for my students and the teachers under my supervision. I was not supposed to panic. I had to be strong for all of them. I remained as calm as I humanly could and tried to comfort the children who had been entrusted to me.
I did not breakdown until I returned home that evening and looked to the New York City skyline from my car to see the devastation. Although all I could see was smoke, I kept thinking of the people who lived in that area and all the lives lost. I thought about my old neighborhood and how terrified people must have been in those horrific moments. I thanked God that my family was safe. I recently visited the 9/11 memorial. It is amazing. It was very emotional and sad but at the same time I felt hopeful. I know we will never ever forget. I just pray that it gets better for all the family members who lost their loved ones. I did not realize or maybe I’d blocked out some of the facts of that day. Only six people survived. Most especially I was stunned to know that 11 unborn children had also perished. Now that I am a grandmother this fact is harder to accept. However, I believe with all my heart they are our angels of hope.
I did not write a poem this year but I focused on the numbers that appear in every newspaper, blog, flyer, book, and all accounts of that beautiful September day that became the most tragic day in the history of our country. May their souls rest in peace.
Numbers with meaning
Above is a drew on my iPad when I was looking ofr some kind of inspiration. I found the Chines proverb and drew the tree which I call:Tree of Inspiration.
Here are the quotes to fulfill the three quote challenge.
“Joy is an internal process grounded in knowledge of spiritual truth, the ability to trust
the wisdom of the Divine, and faith in the perfect and perfecting process of life.”
– Lyanla Vanzant
“It is better in prayer to have a heart without words and words without a heart.”
“Allow your heart to sing and dance and kick off its shoes when you are lonely or fearful. A Divine feeling of freedom will keep you company instead.”
– Melba Christie
Five rings commute to the heavens
announcing the great meeting of athletes
flags flare and unfurl
as champions chant
Citius, Altius, Fortius
of strength and character
Citius, Altius, Fortius
Cheers and tears
the best of human endeavor
Can we keep the momentum?
- 13 Olympic Facts That Will Blow Your Mind (1045theteam.com)
manifest the destiny of our land
exhilarate the spirit of democracy
celebrate our human rights
motivate to raise the bar
Allow the fireworks:
to stay in your heart,
to remind us we can always do better,
as individuals, as a nation
“under God indivisible
with liberty and justice for all.
Photos and Poem by Melba Christie
all rights reserved
What is it?
Where is it? Have you seen it?
Was is here? Will there be it?
Who has hidden it?
Who will find it?
I don’t know!
by Melba Christie