Duality Revisited

Imagine a conversation between Dr. Jeckyll and Dr. Frankenstein on their lifework…

Origami -  See No Evil; Hear No Evil; Speak No Evil.... Have No Life?

Duality Revisited
by Michael Romani

In the duality 
That we are
There's an active pull
Never in equality
Out of balance just so far
Trampled by the running bull

Somewhere in the midst of
Good and evil
Dark and light
Hatred and love
Modern yet primeval
As day is to night

These are the things
That make us afraid to touch
Caught up in this in-between
Whatever our life song brings
Sometimes a bit too much
For purity an less than obscene

This is what I've come
Come to find and believe
Is the truth of all of this
In the mutuality of our kingdom
We dress in truth to deceive
Or, is there something here that I miss?

(c)  March 19, 2019  Michael Romani
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University of Kentucky - Duality of Aspiration and Wisdom




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Darkness Into Light

Some folks have a dark side to them… some of us like to write about them..

Freedom Gospel Church - To Shine Like A Candle In the Gathering Darkness

Darkness Into Light
by Michael Romani

Some prefer the cool and dreamy
Some more like the dark and steamy
Some push to the extreme
However, pleasant it may seem

All of this to conquer fear
All of this to vanquish tears
Finding refuge in the blood
Putting away clean boots for mud

Something there uncivilized
Something there remains reviled
Death comes to all defiled
All of this somehow reconciled

There is darkness within
Something deeper than mere sin
Slaves we are to our passion
We ask not for compassion

The gloves remind us to not
Itch the things we've forgot
Who wants to know our sin
Who even knows where to begin

There's a stillness to the night
There's a stillness that isn't right
All the quietness that serves to remind
Of all those things we'd left behind

There's a darkness in the knight
We wish banished by morning's light
There's a darkness in our sight
That curses boldly at the light

Each tomorrow brings a new day
Each tomorrow coming in its own way
We lift the veil of our secrets to no one
Least our innermost souls come undone

(c)  March 19, 2019   Michael Romani
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Baja Isles - Long Walk Off  A Short, Dark Pier



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First Principles: A Wise and Frugal Government Restrains Its Citizens From Harming One Another But Otherwise Leaves Them Free

“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)



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Thought For the Day: You Have To Give To Live

“It’s best to give while your hand is still warm.” – Philip Roth, novelist (19 Mar 1933-2018)

Said differently and I think better by the Red Rocker himself, Sammy Hagar:




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Human 2.0

Admittedly, two poems on the same topic in the same day isn’t my usual style.  That being said, as I was looking at concept of what it means for the human race that money might well buy its way to an ‘a-mortal’ class of person, it seemed to have some implications worth exploring:

Eternal Flames Sky Fire Valentine's Day Redux - Particle Tom and Lexxi

Human 2.0
by Michael Romani

It's something a little more cerebral than sublime
To believe science advances one funeral at a time
Still as technology replaces the knowns of nature
We might need some other sort of nomenclature

To describe what might be known as the new biology
And still yet another for the ethics of a new theology
No longer will both be quite as normal as commonplace
There will require new perceptions put into place

Human 2.0  will mostly likely still have a tarnished soul
And will still know sadness, pain and the need to console
But will have at least twice the lifetime's span
In which we'll need to rethink, redream and re-plan
The a-mortals walking tattoo down sunny Fifth Avenue
Just might hold themselves superior to me and to you
Believing themselves a near immortal sort of generation
Worthy of worship, lordship and faithless veneration

But they'll be trembling gods filled with anxiety
Fearful of all of life and its high loss complexity
Enslaving lessers to service rather than risking infinity
Knowing the slightest mistake might cost eternity

Like boys crying wolf, narcissists seek their immortality
And with each step closer, they work to live out their legacy
Becoming one with the tattered pages of living history
Turned one by one insistent on becoming their own legacy

But what if all they learn is what we readily turn to see
Already known is that extending life can be without dignity
And that there are natural limits to most of everything 
Even that of living as one that is fully a human being

(c)  March 18, 2019   Michael Romani
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Morning Has Broken Over Maria Magdalena




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The Last Days of Death

Regard well the moments of your life and never disregard a chance given to tell someone you care about or who needs an encouraging word those things that you might say to make their world better.  You never know when you might not have the chance again.  That’s all I am saying…

Maison de L’amitie Revisited -On A Winter's Day

The Last Days of Death
by Michael Romani

Death it seems, exceeding all of our dreams,
Has become seen as just another technicality
No mere promise of rainbows and moonbeams
We may just escape this in the 21st Century

We humans have quite the iron clad legacy
With death near defining our known frailty 
Science, however, is edging on the capability
Or removing these constraints of mortality

No longer a matter of living rushing here
Only to just rush off to some other there
Time itself is and will become redefined
As our lives, step by step, become realigned

A world without death will surely change our views
In all the many ways and things that we value
All of this comes as we learn to grow into ease
All of these little deaths that we know as disease

Thinking back to the not so distant days of 1905
A man my age would be entirely blessed to be alive
Today all things are becoming seen as technicality
In overcoming all of these, we reshape our biology

What will the Grim Reaper find to do now
When this becomes our truth somehow?
There will soon come a day, he may no longer tap
Will he himself find it's time to take that nap?

We fight and find a way to extend our expiration date
Pushing to stay young as long as it's not too late
Even Google has joined hands in this fight against death
It's a good fight fought until our last breath

The mantra resolves better to live than to die
And no sensible person dares ask and question why
And while it seems there is good what then of equality?
That is when only some can buy their way into immortality...

(c)  March 18, 2019   Michael Romani
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Enchanted Winter - On A Winter's Day



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Thought For the Day: To Live In the Memory of Others Is To Never Die

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”  Thomas Campbell



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First Principles: The Greatest Good For Our Nation Is To Heal Party Divisions and Act As One People

“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” – Thomas Jefferson (1801)



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Happy St Patrick’s Day 2019

To all the readers and viewers of this blog and the accompanying Flickr photos, Aloha Promises Forever wishes you and yours:

May the shamrocks be as soft as you please

May your dogs never wake up with fleas

May tomorrow always somehow out shine

All the yesterdays you believed so fine

May we always find a time to raise a toast

And even more for those that we love most


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On Outrunning Grief

You cannot outrun grief.

Garden of Absentia & Memorial - So Many Sorrows Floating Into the Night

On Outrunning Grief
by Michael Romani

It has been said
And I assume it's true
Words from inside my head
That same for me; the same for you

You hide yours in a diary
I keep mine locked inside me
Both of us seeking relief
But we cannot outrun our grief

The more our hope appears
It seems just as quietly to disappear
The secret is known from the start
Each of us must follow our hearts

The world is not so dark
That we'll fall apart on a lark
And I am not such a victim of blindness
That I don't feel every bit of your kindness

The heart knows as much as the brain
We know this feeling though we strain
The words that I wish I could say
I'll have to show you in another way

(c)  March 17, 2019  Michael Romani
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The Upward Spiral - Nicolo In A Deserted Cafe




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