Thought of the Day: How Science Happens

It is a profound and necessary truth that the deep things in science are not found because they are useful; they are found because it was possible to find them. -J. Robert Oppenheimer, theoretical physicist (22 Apr 1904-1967)

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Got No Time

Day 21 of the writing challenge is revolves on the idea of writing a poem based on something we have overheard in passing.  Today, I overheard a mother being dismissive because she had no time for the way her child was acting.  The way the child was acting was reasonably expected from a little girl coming into this world and confronting things that she has yet to learn about.   In the drive home, this turned around into the following poem:

I Got No Time
by Michael Romani

A little girl falls; she skins her knee
Her Momma looks away, "(D)on't you bother me!!"
"Pick yourself up and get a move on!"
This sort of chance will soon be gone
I hear her say, "I got no time..."
And I think that it's a crime
Better to give just a little dignity
Before she grows up to be just like me

A little boy loses his cool and acts out
His daddy responds with a holler and a shout
"Boy, you best get on your best game face on!"
This one little chance will soon be gone
I hear him say, "I got no time..."
And I think it's nothing short of a crime
Better to explain with a little dignity
Before he grows up to be just like me

All these times that we let slip on by
Failing to give even close to our best reply
Are a part of what is ailing our society
So many things that we could turnaround
If we would give our best, you and me
I bet a little more time can be found
Treating each other with love and dignity
Setting the examples of you and me

(c) April 21, 2017 Michael Romani
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First Principles: Ignorance of Natural Rights

“The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms and false reasonings is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges.” – Alexander Hamilton (1775)

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Thought For the Day: Wealth, Poverty & Reason

Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason. -Henry Fielding, author (21 Apr 1707-1754)

The author of Tom Jones is also credited as being the jurist who founded one of first police forces.   Many of his major literary works can be found at:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/537

 

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Owed To Monopoly

Day 20 of the NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo has the challenge of writing a poem incorporating a game or images and parts of a game.  Maybe someone can help me understand why the first thought that came to my mind was the old game of Monopoly?  Okay, there are probably a thousand reasons why this might be an hundreds of times playing the game as a child and now with my daughters.

Owed to Monopoly
by Michael Romani

She said, “Write me some poetry –
Make it about Monopoly..”
I said, “Thanks for the memory
Of years ago and my family”
If smiles aren’t free
Well, they ought to be

Late night talks
Lightning bug walks
Times spent together
Lingering past forever

The best times I’ve ever had
Cost next to nothing
So priceless; happy and sad
Time spent doing that nothing

The nothing that is everything
And gives to me words that I sing
Thanks for the memory
Of time spent playing Monopoly

She asked, Daddy have you heard
About a game called Monopoly?”
That’s when the thoughts blurred
“Thanks for reminding me!”
If smiles aren’t free –
Well, they ought to be

Late night talks
Lightning bug walks
Times spent together
Lingering past forever

The best times I’ve ever had
Cost next to nothing
So priceless; happy and sad
Time spent doing that nothing

The nothing that is everything
And gives to me words that I sing
Thanks for the memory
Of time spent playing Monopoly

(c) April 21, 2017 Michael Romani

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The Planets – Mercury, The Winged Messenger

Of the pieces written for The Planets, Opus No. 32, Mercury is the lightest and filled with fluid movement.

 

The Planets - Mercury, The Winged Messenger - Heated Planet

Mercury, The Winged Messenger
by Michael Romani

Close to the sun in its molten ball swirling
Unable to escape the orbit in which it's whirling
Mercury, the Winged Messenger jokes in joy
Like a minuet of madness that the gods employ
Lightly laughing notes played in scherzando
Until they reach out in their wafting crescendo

Like Icarus daring so close that it might melt
Into echoes so preciously invoked and then felt
A fade into whispers tickling the ears until faint
Dazzling in a brilliant heated stroke of glowing paint
It fades until the message cannot be but in silence
Standing guard between the peace and the violence

Though worlds apart there is a thin line of difference
Distinguishing love from hate and war from peaceful diffidence
The diffidence felt by the gods deaf to mortal man
In all his silent pleas for hope and doing all he can
That this world, Earth, might one day live it's peace
The best of Pandora's Box enjoyed in its release

(c) April 20, 2017 Michael Romani

 

 

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The Planets – Venus, The Bringer of Peace

There are Seven Pieces for Orchestra in Holst’s The Planets, Opus 32.  Each of these is based on what astrology alleges is the influence on a person from these planets.  Venus is seen as a bringer of peace.  Below, I have written a short poem based at least in part on this major work of modern classical composition.

 

Poetry of the Planets -Venus On A Half Shell

Venus On A Half Shell

Venus, Bringer of Peace
by Michael Romani

In the early 1900s, so many were struck by Theosophy
Falling into studying the occult, tarot and astrology
There was a hope in understanding the art of synthesis
Sadly, it never panned out in history's final analysis

In one of seven orchestral pieces Venus answered Mars
As mankind wished upon wishes unto the heavenly stars
That from man's long history of war, peace might be found
If only this borrowing and sharing of ideas on peace
Might find a way to bring fallen man it's just release

Gazing with fondness on the soft response so sublime
Venus brought her peace in her steady cadence of time
With it came a solid sense of abiding adoration
That peace might find this world and bless every nation

(c) April 20, 2017 Michael Romani

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Planets – Mars, Bringer of War

My hope is a quick succession of short poems based on Holst’s The Planets, Opus 32.  This idea came to me by way of an artistic installation on Second Life in the Linden Endowment of the Arts.  The exhibit is called Poetry of the Planets.  It seems there is an opportunity there to write a poem for each planet that might be incorporated into the exhibit if the builder of this exhibit likes the poem.  Well, here’s hoping!!

 

Poetry of the Planets - Mars, The Bringer of War

 

The first from me is Mars, Bringer of War:

Mars, Bringer of War
by Michael Romani

Encamped on the edge of apostasy
In a reliance on outdated astrology
There is a cobbled together prophecy
That hints at man's crimson inclinations
Toward a warlike sense of hircosity
Found foremost in war between nations

Beyond these planets with a time and word
Is the instinctual feeling bound to be stirred
That that crassest of all of these emotions
Is this warlike bellicosity filled with motion
Unconventional meter and blatant dissonance
Are the mood picture establishing distance

The distance meant to keep peace between men
Men who cannot help but to fall into mortal sin
Sins that rule our lives; sins such as the danger
Of allowing ourselves to fall to uncontrolled anger
The rocky torment of this sonic torment of revelation
Only hints at man's possible and final annihilation

(c) April 20, 2017 Michael Romani


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Thought of the Day: Dogma Versus Curiosity

History may be read as the story of the magnificent rearguard action fought during several thousand years by dogma against curiosity. -Robert Lynd, writer (20 Apr 1879-1949)

To read the source of this quote and gain a fuller understanding of what is meant here, you may read the full essay, “The Most Curious Animal” by Robert Lynd at:

http://fullonlinebook.com/essays/the-most-curious-animal/yxe.html

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First Principles: The Importance of the Right to Bear Arms

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … [T]he advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…”.  – James Madison (1788)

By these words alone, it should be abundantly clear that the right to bear arms is seen as fundamental to the protection of the rights of man (all men and all women) given to us by God and not government.  It is not meant to something restricted to any militia or national guard but to each citizen within reason.  By within reason, I mean, as did our Founders, those who are not otherwise prohibited to do so due to some reason such as mental instability, et al.

Anyone questioning this as the original premise on which our Founders agreed should consult the notes from the Constitutional Convention.  In these, should anyone which to inquire, detailed discussion of this right is found and the deliberations show that each and every word was fairly carefully scrutinized.  Our Founders did indeed intend us to have the wherewithal to withstand government’s propensity toward become tyrannical.

 

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