All the Beauty Heaven Bears

Probably one of the single most sad moments possible in a parent’s life is surviving the death of a child.

Club Stardust - We Are All Stardust

All the Beauty Heaven Bears
by Michael Romani

Against all sense
In a world grown dense
A child's life has ended

Incandescent and surreal
A moment far too real
A child's life is ended

A runaway sort of stumble
As if falling brick crumble
A child's life has ended

Suddenly an everything
Becomes worse than nothing
Life is surreality blended

A parent should not out live
The dreams their child gives
Life becomes surreality blended

An overwhelming sense of grief
Tortuous pain beyond belief
A child's life is ended

Coexisting with the sorrow
Trying to be brave for tomorrow
His child's life had ended

All the beauty that Heaven bears
Into the way of stars he stares
His child's life has ended

(c) May 21, 2019  Michael Romani
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Missing Melody -  A Turn of Sea Gulls

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: A President Cannot Be Impeached Based On A Faction of Society Is Upset That He Was Elected

“You cannot impeach a President because you are upset he won an election.” – Charlie Kirk

So what then is the meaning of this nebulous language, “high crimes and misdemeanors” and how might it apply?

“The Framers meant for the phrase ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ to signify only conduct that seriously harms the public and seriously compromises the officer’s ability to continue. If the phrase is given a less rigorous interpretation, it could allow Congress to influence and control the President and the courts…” – Neil J. Kinkopf

https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/articles/article-ii/the-scope-of-the-impeachment-power/clause/49

Further, consider this please:

“When the Founders wanted to ensure accountability, they mostly relied on elections and the voters to hold government officials responsible for their actions…” – Keith E. Whittington

https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/articles/article-ii/balancing-independence-and-accountability-in-impeachable-offenses-by-keith/clause/49

 

 

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First Principles: It Is the Dearness of Freedom That Makes It So Valued and Valuable

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” – Thomas Paine

 

 

 

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In Memoriam: Armed Forces Day 2019

Aloha Promises Forever is remiss in recognizing the men and women who serve both around the world protecting and serving us and those on the home front taking care of all the domestic things that are so very important in the support of those in the Armed Forces.  This should have been posted on 05/18/2019, my humblest of apologies that it was not.

Thank you all for your service!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here Am I

The Church is the people.  There is nothing Biblical in the belief that approaching God requires the intercession of any other than Jesus and certainly not priests.  If the Catholic church is going to rise from its present decline, it will need to rethink it’s approach to the people sitting in the pews.

Tudor Rose -  Cathedral II

Here Am I
by Michael Romani

Many a priest seated in a monastery 
Has sat silent clinging to the mystery
The future comes forward invisibly
But it does so within complete certainty
There are those who separate themselves as "Holy"
Yet, are void in morals and usurpers of piety

Hierarchical power is not the church's authority
It is the people of God who are its body
Blaming the cracks in the now shredded veil
On anyone but those charges approaches the surreal
It is not a single generation's moral laxity
That is responsible for the Church's lack of dignity

Nor does that generation's unheavenly sway
Have but little to do with so many walking away
Clingers to power shore up in self-protection
Thinking their sins avoid God's all seeing detection
Or, that it might be restored by a world hating remnant
Not realizing that doing so makes them globally irrelevant

No predator priests will rip faith from me
But, instead like Luther, I rebel against the monopoly
The sacred heart of our faith is not in hierarchy 
It is in the living soul that is the laity
It has always come down to the corruption of power
And how it raises it's head again in this hour

There is a need for anticlericalism's determination
Internally reforming or to risk faith's extermination
The record is clear that when shepherds hurt the flock
It is to step back and allow restoration of the Rock
This then is a universal declaration of a necessary war
In which protection for everyone pushes for more

Sitting in the back pews in conscientious persistence
The truly faithful will prevail in their resistance
Sacramental in their intentional works of mercy
Who might dare to call them or three gathered as heresy
We arise to cleanse and purify the altars of the temple
Returning back to the Book to keep it true and simple

(c) May 20, 2019  Michael Romani
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Lutz City of Templemore - Some Things Don't Require A Tether To Be Trusted....

 

 

 

 

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First Principles: There Has Never Been A Bad Peace or A Good War

“There never was a good war or a bad peace.” – Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Josiah Quincy, September 11, 1783

… but there have been necessary wars nonetheless (me and nearly every other active duty member and Veteran out there)…..

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: Life Becomes Simpler Without Mirrors

“How simple life becomes when things like mirrors are forgotten.” – Daphne du Maurier, novelist (13 May 1907-1989)

 

 

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Even To This Day

Based in part on a life lived between worlds and still finding hope and dreaming dreams…

Bryn Oh's The Standby - Alone and Crying In the Rain

Even To This Day
by Michael Romani

It was a dark night
The darkest night
And you were crying
And I was crying
And it was raining
Like the whole world was crying
Not to sound as if complaining
But, I would be lying
If I didn't say
That every day feels like I'm dying
Even to this day

I know that I should have listened
AS the rain poured down and glistened
I know that I wish I had found my voice
And that I had felt as if I had a choice
Though I always live as though free willed
That night I felt totally compelled
By loans and mortgages to be paid
I know that I should have stayed
But I didn't, I would push on through
Because a man has to do what a man must do
But, if I had stayed and a different hand given
I would not be on my knees wishing to be forgiven

Here I kneel as if lost in madness
Swept under and overwhelmed by sadness
They say the smoke killed her first
But thoughts of the flames drives my thirst
A thirst never quenched by bottle's end
With each new bottle seeming as a new friend
I pray to God for mercy or this to end
Never sure which would be better and depend
On your eyes to see in your kindness
Having drunk myself half to blindness
Sometimes you cannot change things that come
So, I feel better off drunk until numb

Everyday I look deep into my dark box
Chained within my soul by these locks
Wishing that I might be some kind of better man
Seeking after some way to understand
But as I look into the depths of my soul
I only see a man who has lost control
That is to say without you here by me
Holding out your hand with thoughts so holy
How is it, Lord, that no matter where I've gone
You still offer your cross for me to lean on
No matter how far or wide that I've been driven
It's by your love that I am still forgiven

(c) May 19, 2019  Michael Romani
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Indianapolis Skyscape From the Canal Zone

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: Kindness and Love Are the Sum of My Philosophy

“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

 

 

 

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First Principles: The Right of the People To Keep and Bear Arms Shall Not Be Infringed

“The right of the people to keep and bear…arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.” – James Madison

 

 

 

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