Samson IX

Continuing the story of Samson and Delilah as told in the Book of Judges:

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Samson (IX)
by Michael Romani

In the rocky passage of history
There are signs of Divine certainty
When God's voice has spoken clear
Stilling waters and calming fear

All broken vows apart
God knows the depths of man's heart
Samson would save his people
By strength of hand and faith of steeple

Samson, chosen of God, tribe of Dan
Was born to lead as just such a man
Set apart to fight for true freedom
Against the power of the Philistine kingdom

With donkey's jawbone
Samson slew his enemies alone
Finally taking his just stand
There to reclaim his ancestral land

A humbled servant bent in prayer
God's invincibility present there
One by one, Samson slew the enemy
In reliance on God, began his legacy

Mighty in his submission to one
Quenched by living water when he was done
Nazirite anointed to free his people
Through God's strength and words from steeple

The prince of Dagon felt this Godly power
There in the ripeness of his darkest hour
While Samson, as judge, protected his nation
To save his people from evil and devastation

(c) January 22, 2019   Michael Romani
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Rough Road

Sometimes it’s  a rough patch.  Sometimes it’s a life sentence.  All times, it’s up to the person walking it to push on through.  Sometimes that shapes you into your least intentions…

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Rough Road
by Michael Romani

It was a late night drink
To shut the place down
I was starting to think
Like another superstar rodeo clown

She called me Rough Road
On account of my face
My life was rugged and it showed
She invited me to her place

I was inclined to go
Tomorrow was just another show
Nowhere in particular to be
And I guessed she could see

She had been a singer in a show
That what she told me
I believed her like rock-n-roll
With her voice as pretty as a melody

She brought me to her place
Decorated with guitars on the wall
I feel into her embrace
The rest, I just don't recall

She called me rough road
On account of my face
My life had been rugged and it showed
She invited me to her place

I was inclined to go
Tomorrow was just one more show
With nowhere in particular to be
And I guessed she could see

We spent half that night
Singing old fashioned love songs
The rest -- I held her tight
Whispering wishes of wanting to belong

She called me rough road
On account of my face
My life had been rugged and it showed
She invited me to her place

I was inclined to go
Tomorrow was just another show
Nowhere in particular to be
And I guessed she could see

With the light of the morning
We said goodbye over coffee
She was leaving without warning
As over heartbreak as she was over me

She called me rough road
On account of my face
My life had been rugged and it showed
She invited me to her place

I was inclined to go
Tomorrow was just another show
Nowhere in particular to be
And I guessed she could see

(c) January 22, 2019   Michael Romani
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Thought For the Day: We Should Focus More On the Integrity of Love Than Purity of Dogma

“We worry more about the purity of dogma than about the integrity of love.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel, rabbi and professor (11 Jan 1907-1972)

 

 

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First Principles: Be Leery of Transferring Political Disagreements Into Personal Hatred

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.” – Thomas Jefferson (1808)

 

 

 

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First Principles: It is Inconsistent, Unjust and Impious To Fight And Pray for Freedom While Keeping Others In Slavery

“That men should pray and fight for their own freedom and yet keep others in slavery is certainly acting a very inconsistent, as well as unjust and perhaps impious, part.” –  John Jay, Reference The Life and Times of John Jay, William Jay, editor (New York: J. & S. Harper, 1833), Vol. II, p. 174, to the Rev. Dr. Richard Price on September 27, 1785.

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: All Art Is Autobiographical

“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography.” – Federico Fellini, film director, and writer (20 Jan 1920-1993)

 

 

 

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Samson VIII

Continuing in an effort to put a version of the Samson and Delilah story from the Book of Judges into verse, I present Part VIII.  Perhaps, I should have made this shorter?

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Samson (VIII)
by Michael Romani

Amidst un-princely questions of coming kingship
Samson, himself, has questions as to his worship
Could he dare to dream of two peoples in peace
Stopping at nothing until reaching his release

Betrothed he was to Taran, daughter of the enemy
Daring to embrace this child of the adversary
Samson brings his family into dishonor and shame
Caused by two enemies  who cast dispersion and blame

All of this enmity in the name of this love
Neither the Jews or Philistines concerned the above
Philistine wed to Jew this was surely heresy
Such had it been for all their known history

And heresy it was for God's people to be sure
Putting Samson under the heel of the impure
The prince recognized and used this for gain
Instead of using it for peace, he uses it in vain

Samson seeks God inside the darkness of wood
Only hoping in prayer to know God's good
Making this forest, his sanctuary and steeple
Samson prays to know God's will for His people

Seeking in earnest for intervention and sign
Samson's heart hurts as he seeks God's design
By happenstance it seems, he becomes slayer of lion
This Samson, the Nazarite son of Holy Zion

Out of the eater, Samson has made something to eat
Out of the strong, he has found something sweet
And in ritual taking bite of the lion's heart
He finds the riddle of love and soon departs

Arriving at his pre-wedding party riddles are spoken
The riddles and wagers that leave all heart broken
On the surface it seemed a contest meant in token
Who could have guessed the price of pride broken

Sweeter than honey and stronger than a lion
The stolen wit from this true son of Zion
Pride comes with a price that cannot be had
The loss of the cost is by far too, too sad

The loss of the stolen riddle had its price
Pride taken for folly against wisdom's advice
Thirty tunics needed to save sweet Taran's life
As the unholy prince seeks to increase strife

Through Samson's fists, God's wrath causes fear
But despite this Samson holds in hope to persevere
Taking the tunics from the dead breaks his vows
Defiling his purity, when needed most somehow

The unwise prince takes captive Samson's wife
Choosing again the downward spiral of strife
As the consequence of killing thirty Philistines
Samson is condemned to work the killing mines

Running away, Samson turns with a start and flees
Guided by wolves the finds he cannot appease
Using these wolves to set Philistine fields afire
These burn as a result of Samson's pride and desire

Again and again, Samson's pride has its consequence
And his love is sacrificed unsaved by Providence
Reduce to a rage of tears, to his knees he is driven
Begging the Almighty that he may be forgiven

(c) January 20, 2019   Michael Romani
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Flying Solo

Since mankind began, there has been the hero’s journey.  A man starts with just his dreams and builds his world or fails.  Those with heart prevail.  That then is the trick to this tale.

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Flying Solo
by Michael Romani

Long ago and not so faraway
Crime ran wild as it does today
Vile syndicates offered protection
Forcing the weak to live in connection

On the streets, a fight for survival
Awaits a young man in his arrival
Yearning to fly free among the stars
But, in that moment, the dreams seem far

But, not too far, for certain kind of man
That will steal and deal his way if he can
These kinds of dreams require the will to survive
And to keep at them steady until they arrive

Nothing comes easy and nothing is free
No excuses will do to keep his dignity
Never one to be beaten down to his knees
The boy becomes a man with strength as his keys

Joyride escapes into the dark of the night
Pushing toward freedom with all of his might
Full speed ahead into this hard fight
Rebelling against the kick-around; never losing sight

The soul that will not be conquered too easy
Will find its own way to become and be free
Clinging tight to the luck of self rolled dice
His determined heart does not fall back on advice

At least, not the advice that tells him only no
And that resistance is futile; it's not when you're solo
Alone escaping a world filled with dirt and grime
This dreamer would succeed in flying in not time

Finding friends and kinship along the way
As he lives on to fight yet another day
An escape is made with his will to live free
There into the arms of like minded company

Instincts heard soar and roar like a power chord
Remembered self promises cut like a sword
Everybody find that they need their somebody
And so a band of thieves become his chosen family

(c)  January 20, 2019   Michael Romani
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First Principles: The Press Is Impotent When It Abandons Itself To Falsehood

“But the fact being once established, that the press is impotent when it abandons itself to falsehood, I leave to others to restore it to its strength, by recalling it within the pale of truth.”  – Thomas Jefferson (1805)

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: The Only Way To Win A War Is To Prevent It

“The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.” – George Marshall, US Army Chief, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Nobel laureate (31 Dec 1880-1959)

 

 

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