Call To Me

Last night’s sermon was based on Jeremiah 33:3.  From this, I wrote the following:

House of Prayer -Reverend Brett

Call To Me
by Michael Romani

God says call to me
I will answer thee
So very clearly
If you only call to me

Ask and it will be given
Drive until you're driven
Ask in His good name
He'll deliver you the same

These are His good ways
Throughout all our days
The way of truth and not a lie
Test of truth in His reply

God says call to me
I will answer thee
So very clearly
If you only call to me

No matter our hypocrisy
No matter our apostasy
His yes is yes; true to his word
Predictable and never blurred

Truth found in all probability
Depended on persistently
It's the yes of celebration
Treasured in anticipation

God says call to me
I will answer thee
So very clearly
If you only call to me

Forsake not the Assembly
Church home to you and me
Devoted to our Father's will
Faithful in how we think and feel

This is our family
Trusting in the sacred and holy
Search my heart, that you will know me
A life lived in true sanctity

God says call to me
I will answer thee
So very clearly
If you only call to me

(c) June 21, 2017 Michael Romani
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Enchanted Memories - Living Room II-  Waiting for the Call

 

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First Principles: Freedom of Speech and Thought Are Essential To Our Republic

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  –  George Washington

 

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Thought For the Day: Good Books With Purpose Should Be Censored With Care

“As good, almost, kill a man as kill a good book.”
– John Milton

 

This work may be read in its entirety here:

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/areopagitica/text.html

Or listened to here:

 

 

 

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Birthright

Burn2 - Balance - Sword of Justice Scales

Birthright
by Michael Romani

In this day of days
The false kingdom will fall
Or we shall enter Vahalla

An arrow of fire
Shoots into the night's sky
The clash of battle as reply

A kingdom built on betrayal
Shall surely fall
At the collapse of the castle wall

Honor will have its return
For all of the mothers who have cried
And for the countless souls who have died

Born a warrior
I slip into the dark of night
I have come to claim my birthright

(c) June 21, 2017  Michael Romani
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Kingdom of Galanthus -Death Preacher

 

 

 

 

 

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First Principles: Knowledge Is the Soul of the Republic

“I consider knowledge to be the soul of a republic, and as the weak and the wicked are generally in alliance, as much care should be taken to diminish the number of the former as of the latter.  Education is the way to do this, and nothing should be left undone to afford all ranks of people the means of obtaining a proper degree of it at a cheap and easy rate.”  – John Jay

On the classical education of the founding fathers:

https://www.memoriapress.com/articles/classical-education-founding-fathers/

 

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Thought For the Day: Happy First Day of Summer

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”  – F. Scott Fitzgerald, in The Great Gatsby

Happy First Day of Summer to everyone!!  It may be the longest day of the year, but, it’s also a reason for joyous celebration!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First Principles: The Bosom of America Is Open

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges…”
– George Washington

But, least it be forgotten, our Founding Fathers were very clear that with this came responsibility to be a good citizen or resident, to follow the laws of the land and to assimilate into our nation’s core tolerant principles and beliefs.

 

 

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Thought For the Day: God Created All To Be Free

“God created every man to be free. The ability to choose whether to live free or enslaved, right or wrong, happy or in fear is something called freewill. Every man was born with freewill. Some people use it, and some people use any excuse not to. Nobody can turn you into a slave unless you allow them. Nobody can make you afraid of anything, unless you allow them. Nobody can tell you to do something wrong, unless you allow them. God never created you to be a slave, man did. God never created division or set up any borders between brothers, man did. God never told you hurt or kill another, man did. And in the end, when God asks you: “Who told you to kill one of my children?”

And you tell him, “My leader.”

He will then ask you, “And are THEY your GOD?”

– Suzy Kassem, from Rise Up and Salute the Sun:  The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Today is World Refugee Day.  To find out more about this issue, please see the following as a starting point:

http://www.ibtimes.com/world-refugee-day-2017-facts-quotes-about-forcibly-displaced-people-2554737

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Playful State of Mind

Fantomas - Playing You A Cherished Moment

Playful State of Mind
by Michael Romani

Ideas come in fanciful doodling 
Free associating and noodling
Staring out of life's windows
Watching the breeze flow
You have to keep a playful state 
Never able to really force the great

In a playful state of mind
Leaving the structures far behind
We learn what we learn as we go
Learning to see what we already know
This is how we come to identify
All these pretentious things that signify

There is great fun in pushing far
In the dreaming and reaching for stars
Taken up to the very lip of the ledge
And peering out up and over that edge
Saying all those things that need to be said
Like little voices escaping from my head

Signaled at the world as paradigm shift
It's there in the tap that gives us lift
Bringing the crazy funk to written page
Capturing the map of the lighted stage
A love song of accidental design
Words expressed silently as if by mime

Together there is out being apart
A part of each other in their hearts
There in that playful state of mind
Where all the structures are left behind
Bubbling over in legendary traces
The love of art shines through a million faces

(c) June 20, 2017  Michael Romani
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Playa  Perdida -  Palm Garden

 

 

 

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Carnivalesque

There is an on-going celebration tonight in Second Life in honor of it’s 14th Birthday.  I was honored in being asked to read an hour of poetry.  Who knew that an hour is so long? 😉  As I was getting ready for the reading tonight, I wrote the following poem off my cuff.  The theme for this birthday bash is carnivalesque.  So, that’s what I wrote about.

Savage Garden Amusement Park - Carnival

Carnivalesque
by Michael Romani

Spring is the season for carnival
All around the world, it's a festival
A one way ticket to the center of the mind
Where no one here is ever left behind
A time for music to fill the night's air
And laughter rings out without a care
All the beautiful ladies let down their long hair
Love and good times are found everywhere

Like a melodic songbird wafting into the night
There's a dance floor boogie that takes flight
From the depths of our souls' sacred celebration
Played in time to our sweet rhythmic fascination
Lovers love, and greeters greet, moving fleet
As the conga dancers slip down that old street
Nothing lasts like the taste of lips filled with smiles
Enough to go around for all of life's endless miles

It's carnival everybody, can you feel it in your hearts
When happiness reaches up to lift you as sadness departs
Hey now everybody, leave all your worries behind
Latch onto that happiness that brings us peace of mind
Look all around you at what goodness and love can create
Hey now, sisters and brothers dance together; can you relate?
We'll sing and dance in our happy moment of celebration
Bringing joy, peace and love to spread across this nation

(c) June 19, 2017 Michael Romani
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Wayward Carnival -  Vortex

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