Focus


Keep focused on what matters.
Keep focused on what matters. Melba Christie 2014

“Become a vessel for inspirational flow.” Focus on a world that will be peaceful and less violent everyday. The peace begins in your heart first. It was placed there by God. When others see, feel, and understand that peace lives inside of each of us, then they too will feel the flow.                                                          

– Melba Christie

what is a poem?


 

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A poem is defined as expressive language. It is an art form that allows for free verse. Poems are musical and rhythmic and uses sounds and imagery to convey meaning. Poems use metaphors and similes and they can create a very intimate conversation between the poet and the reader.

 

The following is a poem about poems.

 

Poems are words a poet collects

 

to convey messages hard to forget

 

or to tell a truth so there are no regrets.

 

 

 

Poems are stored in the heart and soul

 

of poets waiting for their muses to call

 

Poems flow like rivers through the mind

 

and words can be sweet and sometimes unkind

 

 

 

And if there is a cause

 

that needs to be fought

 

A poem can manage

 

and never be caught

 

without a deep thought

 

to stimulate thinking

 

elevate the spirit,

 

and comfort the soul.

 

 

 

A poem is created with lots of care

 

A poet knows

 

no coincidence there

 

the words embrace

 

emotions and fears

 

to make us so happy

 

we can burst into tears

 

 

 

What is a poem?

 

you tell me.

 

for me it’s all that I see

 

smell, hear, taste

 

and touch

 

and everything life offers me

 

that I love so much.

 

 

 

By Melba Christie (c) 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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POETRY SOCIETY POSTCARD (Photo credit: summonedbyfells)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting Sadness


An artist looked deep

inside my broken heart

and tried to paint its sadness

but he knows

I rather hide my melancholy

behind fields of lavender

so instead my portrait is a

lonely landscape

filled with dreams

I have forgotten to chase

after

The artist looks at his

painting and sighs

with satisfaction.

Ironically,

it makes so many others

feel at peace.

 

 

Fields of Lavender

 

 

Frida K


Frida Kahlo

by Melba Christie

 

She “combated sadness ferociously”

with her paint brush

her most faithful companion

life reveals itself

in portraits,

mirrors reflect the surreal

and reality confronts her in the raw

but does not share the pain and anguish

deep inside she tries to draw

 

She is the courageous onlooker

But is not as courageous as she thinks

as far as she is concerned

it all stinks.

 

She fought in an eternal war

between light and darkness

fidelity and infidelity

truth and untruth

justice  and injustice

Frida’s paintings haunt us

and make us more aware

 

We now watch the  mirror that truly sees our soul

and reflects the still life on the table ( perhaps not as still)

as we continue to search for the stillness we so need

Did Frida realize that she planted a seed?

She showed us life

and how surreal it really is.

 

Word Press Bloggers Quotes of the Week


 

Word Press Bloggers Quotes of the Week

“When it comes to books and their movie adaptations, I’m with the “Books are Better” team.”
From: http://zenscribbles.wordpress.com/   –  IN WHICH THE AUTHOR RANTS, RAMBLES AND SOMETIMES MAKES SENSE

This blog offers some food for thought. 

 

 

 

“If an email is entitled to Constitutional protection but an unavailable Tweet is not, what exactly is the dividing line that will allow citizens to understand when the Constitution protects their communications?”

 

 

 

 

From: http://somelaw.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/if-you-tell-140-million-people-something-is-that-private/

 

Photo by Melba Christie

“Science can definitely be humanised – whether that is in the anthropomorphic sense, or just in terms of the relevance of an abstract concept to human life. But can science be expressed in a further abstracted form – as art? Science is already abstracted from what we can perceive (as is art), so combining the two implies a double layer of abstraction.”

It is amazing how art illustrates science and science is so artful. This blog has a very interesting perspective.

From: http://anatomyofstory.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/science-and-art/

 

 

From: Zen Habits Blog

“Be present. For some reason, this extremely important skill is never taught to us when
we’re kids. In truth, the younger we are, the more natural this skill is. As we get older, we
start thinking about the future and the past, and the present seems to slip away from us.
Some skills for living in the present would go a long way.”

 

 

 

 

Photo by Melba Christie

 

From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/nov/03/creative-writing-better-pen-longhand

“I find that writing longhand I can enter a zone of comfort I find hard to achieve when sitting in front of a screen – I find typing annoying, if I’m honest, not the mechanics of it, but the sound.”

 

 

Dear Bloggers,

I am reading many blogs these days. I have come across some fabulous writing and some very soothing poetry. I love science and enjoy finding out about the mysteries of nature. Thank you all for your gifts of thoughts and insight.  I will keep reading and quoting. 

I want to thank those of you who sent me comments and are following me.

Happy Blogging!

Melba Christie

 

 

 

 

Word Press Bloggers Quotes of the Week


 

Quotes of the week:

From: Browsery – http://browsery.tumblr.com/post/29550801505/in-one-sense-reading-is-a-great-waste-of-time-in

“Did I mention supreme joy? That is why I read: I want everything to be okay. That’s why I read when I was a lonely kid and that’s why I read now that I’m a scared adult.

Mary Ruefle (via arkoftheache)”

From: http://xenogirl.com/2012/07/27/a-letter-from-my-future-self/

A Letter from My Future Self

“There is a rare joy in reading the words of my heart in print, bled out in the blackest of ink onto each numbered page. Words that change lives. Words that inspire. Words that can even change the world. This I believe to be true.”

From: http://mahaloness.wordpress.com/

Read http://mahaloness.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/loveliness/

Make sure you love something today.

From: http://scienceknows.wordpress.com/2011/01/11/the-case-for-stargazing/

Science Knows

“There is an intimate and unique connection between the cosmos and the observer when heads are tilted back. No one would mention seeing a celebrity photographed in a magazine, but many text messages would be sent after passing someone famous in the street, or seeing them across a room. It makes them real.’

*I am having such a great time reading my fellow Word Press bloggers. For those of you reading my posts I want to thank you all. Your comments are very much appreciated.

 

Olympic Fever


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Citius altius fortius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Five rings commute to the heavens

announcing the great meeting of athletes

Olympia! Olympia!

Nations proud!

flags flare and unfurl

as champions chant

Citius, Altius, Fortius

Peaceful exhibition

of strength and character

Citius, Altius, Fortius

Cheers and tears

of glory

the best of human endeavor

celebrated

Can we keep the momentum?

Melba Christie

In Celebration of Women’s History Month


It is very simple;

women are life’s force.

and of course,

our hearts in unison always beat strong,

no matter what goes wrong.

Forever to be remembered

for their courage

honor and praise is due

Let me name a few

that made history her story too:

Mother Theresa,

Harriet Tubman,

Maria Montessori,

Eva Peron,

Indira Gandhi,

Helen Keller,

Anne Frank,

Marie Curie,

Gabriela Mistral,

Joan of Arc,

and

Maya Angelou.

There are so many others

who deserve equal recognition.

So let me also honor them

as well today.

And to the women in my family:

I salute you above all.

It is very simple,

Let us never forget.

Women are life’s force,

no matter what the course,

our hearts without regret

always beating strong

ready to make right

whatever might go wrong.