Flickr has broken my Flickr account. Not sure what I will do for photographs now or if I’ll ever be able to retrieve them. Meanwhile as I wait for their next response on the destruction they’ve done, I guess I’ll write poems putting “insert photo here” until I can actually insert my photos.
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To Live and Die American by Michael Romani For most of my life I have lived in the belief That our minds make up our happiness and grief More than that there is the belief in our journey Is one that is mostly defined by you and by me Circumstances do not make the woman or the man It is that internal that feels like eternal can It's been my experience that we are learn to walk Those things that others merely act on and talk Are the difference that needs to be felt and made Defying the blazing sun while others hide in the shade Shaking our fists at the injustices of this planet And making the best of things, however, we planned it We who are American live by a code that is American Uniquely lived in between birth and death as we can Then we who are American die by code that is American Distinguished in character lived and earned by every man Those of us who are not too blind to see realize All of the mistakes that happen before our eyes We are not afraid to see things plainly for as they are But, we do dare to dream and stake our claim to the stars There are plenty of things in this world to correct We don't have to search very far to know and detect It is that willingness to fight another's man's fight And to be unwilling to stand by when something isn't right That makes us live and die, however we are, as American To look back on our lives for the most part as we can And know that in a world of kings we brought forward light That illuminated freedom and sought Lady Justice's sight The world at time despises us for many things I can't say that sometimes it's what success brings But, still while there is much left for the good to rearrange I am proudly American and if we can let's keep this change (c) May 1, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved
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