Thought For the Day: Poetry Is A Light By Which We See Life

“In the end, the poem is not a thing we see; it is, rather, a light by which we may see–and what we see is life.” – Robert Penn Warren, novelist and poet (24 Apr 1905-1989)



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Kermode White In Blues

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 23 sets out a challenge to write a poem about an animal or animals:

Kermode White In Blues
by Michael Romani

Two white tigers, not in biology
More in a thing of Chinese astrology
Set about that day in walking
And as they were they were talking
Viewing animals enclosed in human cages
Remembering storied half forgotten pages
Happily they laughed as they were strolling
Caught up remembering yesterdays flowing
Pointing out the bellowing hippopotamuses 
With their gianormous dancing rumpasses
The Ghost Bears were not a tale of haunting
But rather one of endlessly wanting
Just a little bit of forest to call their own
Where a little dignity they would be left alone
Raven flew overhead wishing in her trickery
That the rainforest might provide sanctuary
The first tiger turned to her significant other
And wondered aloud if like cheetahs and another
Species or two, these bears might be magic
And their losses a bit too too tragic
The second tiger held her paw like hand
Then her closer whispering of a land
Long ago the Kitasoo tell in their ancient tale
Raven was a creator of greenery where life would dwell
And in these places she placed fish and the berry
So that all life could live well and not just barely
In a land of plenty that served as quite the habitat
If only it might be that mankind might imagine that
And allow all life to have its niche and place
There could be balance we might all learn to embrace
Instead it's only in the Douglass Channel that we find
The Home of the White Bear may become a memory behind
A legend of half such a memory for our human family
When greed one day destroys Gribbell Island's legacy

(c) April 23, 2019  Michael Romani
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Thought For the Day: There Is No Weapon As Formidable As Will and More Courage of A Free People

“No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.” – Ronald Reagan




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First Principles: Americans Would Rather Die Than Live As Slaves

“The ever memorable 19th of April gave a conclusive answer to the questions of American freedom. What think ye of Congress now? That day. . . evidenced that Americans would rather die than live slaves!”  – Mary Katherine Goddard

If you look really closely, this lady’s name is affixed to the bottom of the Declaration of Independence.  Throughout the American Revolution, this printer provided coverage of the events.  Let there be no doubt that if Ben Franklin favored her as postmaster and was impressed with her abilities, we too should be as well.



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Hope In Love Becomes A Battlefield

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 22 challenges us to write a poem engaging another art form.  For me, it took but a moment to realize I would take on Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture.  Many reasons behind this I suppose, but, the largest of these are Princess 1 and Princess 2:

Hillary Clinton HQ -Love Contrasted

Hope In Love Becomes A Battlefield
by Michael Romani

Success can be a dangerous thing
It can take away the reasons
That we live and love and sing
Making us forget the many seasons

Of our lives that have passed by
That that make us so happy
With memories of ample supply
When love never needed a reason why

I remember that Spring day
Taking my little girls to see art
I still feel those feelings in every way
Showing them the designs of the heart

Encouraging the dreams they might dream
In numbers and sculptures of play
Where hope is LOVE and still it seems
Paint by number sequences don't get in the way

Slightly tilted, she played inside the O
Never fearing exile or letting go
Her older sister traced the patterns anew
Entranced by the Didone type in green, red and blue

We thought then that we had what we needed
I'll never forget the day their eyes pleaded
And my identity as Daddy was stripped away
Now I spend soulless nights without a word to say

That be must be a little how Robert Indiana felt
At the end of it all as his life had been dealt
Burnt down like an abandoned attic of memory
Standing in the shadow of almost anonymity

We eat; we drink; we casually live and die
Like a jilted American dream, we wonder why
The conflicts of life prophetically looming
Come so fast as to be apocalyptically dooming

All of my aspirations to be as a family man
Post-divorce now and doing all that I can
To keep my memories of LOVE alive
Feeling kind of homeless in dumpster dive

Played out in my mind like scattegories 
Unsettled as can be in my once fixed categories
Once finding hope in LOVE but no longer
I can only pray their hearts are stronger

(c)  April 22, 2019  Michael Romani
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Love & Harmony Restaurant Revisited - Music For Young Lovers


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Thought For the Day: We Are All Mortal Until the First Kiss and Second Glass of Wine

“We are all mortal until the first kiss and the second glass of wine.” –  Eduardo Galeano



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First Principles: The Bulk of Mankind Have In Turn Been the Prey of Ambition

“The bulk of mankind have indeed, in all countries in their turn, been made the prey of ambition.”  – Mercy Otis Warren



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Toying With Reality

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 21’s challenge is to write a poem in a surrealistic manner.

Burning Man2 - Picnic On the Playa -Sakura Picnic On Top of the World

Toying With Reality
by Michael Romani

From the north looking down on the spinning top
The world twirls around and may never find its stop
All the fine artists sit toying with reality
Confusing the metaphysical in all of its surreality
For things that matter that are beyond the tatters
Of all the things that most often do shatter

Symbolic reservoirs of dreams float up into the surface
Ordinary objects blend into the not of a knowing preface
Saying more in their silence than said in a million years
Life lived beneath the surface of a thousand veiled tears
A million lurid faces make up the main entree's silver dish
Where gold is sold in flowers, insects and Swedish Fish

Dark corners of our psyche offer sacrifice in earthly delight
As stars assemble in Hollywood but cannot illuminate the night
The blind man sees in the key of distant yet resonant harmony
While the joyous woman finds herself locked into her melancholy
Visually puzzled lawyers probe the vapid subconscious mind
Never getting ahead by looking constantly and steadily behind

Somewhere there's a where where the top shelf is lost in lights
Believing the truth is seen better wading through the nights
Darkness holds its colors and white is that which remains unseen
All of this madly comprehensible in a world of shadowed dreams
It all remains ambiguous in that shimmering of identity
But if you ask me what it means, I'm afraid it's all been lost on me

(c)  April 21, 2019  Michael Romani
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The Tarot Garden - Venus Adored - Tree Topper II




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Thought For the Day: Jesus Is the Resurrection and the Life

“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?'” —John 11:25-26



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First Principles: It Is the Duty of All Nations To Acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God In Humble Gratitude

“It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors.” – George Washington



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