First Principles: It Is Not From Benevolence But Self Interest That We Get Our Dinner From the Butcher, Brewer and Baker

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.” – Adam Smith



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Thought For the Day: Art Is An Attempt To Bring Order Out of Chaos

“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.” – Stephen Sondheim



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Is There Hope?

I am feeling down today.  Had way too long of a walk through prairie wildflowers and then woods in a riparian corridor, but, even that hasn’t cheered me up.  Still, it has led another poem at least.

Snowflake - Always Remember

Is There Hope?
by Michael Romani

Is there hope for this world
With so many flags unfurled
So many ready to do battle
And too many tongues wagging in tattle?

Has the age of chivalry died?
Or, does it still live when we've tried
To live our lives in the right way
Facing bravely the moments of each day

I ponder with you this premise 
As I offer my word as my promise
A handshake given in bond of the affirmative
Agreements made in offer of the contemplative

Nights of momentary introspection
In the forced joviality of random collection
When it was that it was that we met
You don't remember and I'll never forget

Trees felled into sheets of empty pages
That become clouded with words and rages
In hope that some might one day touch your heart
As it seemed they did once at least at the start

(c) July 13, 2019  Michael Romani
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Family Fun Fair -  Reflections of Eve






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Uncured Affliction

Mona Lisa smiled, but, why?

Gauguin - Pages Full of Memories

Uncured Affliction
by Michael Romani

One voice whispers in the darkness
Different than others given to harshness
Times remembered; meeting eye to eye
With the kind of truth, you cannot deny

Doctor won't you cure me of this affliction
This I need stronger than any addiction
Secrets the say are worth the killing for
It's a cliché of madness that self implores

All the questions worth the task of asking
Are worth even more despite their masking
A methodical suicide takes extensive courage
Though unworthy of spectators urged to discourage

We're told that false veneration of truth is all that matters
While the inquisitor chokes as our singularity shatters
False truths may indeed, of course, all be equal
But, the one objective truth is, today, barely legal

God created the world, I believe as they do so say
But, then in all changes mankind must chart the way
Instead of tolerating, we whip others into submission
How then we do this without expecting blessed retribution?

Life composed can seem as though a myriad of dragons slain
Though sometimes it is the dragons who win in our playing
A subtle grace note slipped in just before the third
Is glistening there in the haunting melody we have heard

Dissonance tragically too finds itself into malady
Shaming itself away from the dreamer's intended melody
As useless as the many traps we quietly sink into
Despite the illusory patterns that we find to pursue

Until a feather touch lights magically on the keys
And another drunken sailor prays earnestly on his knees
Hidden deep within her observed Mona Lisa smile
Good fortune whispers her sober denial

(c) July 13, 2019  Michael Romani
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Mieville Flower Festival -Lawn Dragon





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First Principles: Religious Wars Are Not Started Over There Being More Than One Belief System But By Intolerance and Eclipse of Reason

“Religious wars are not caused by the fact that there is more than one religion, but by the spirit of intolerance… the spread of which can only be regarded as the total eclipse of human reason.” – Baron de Montesquieu


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Thought For the Day: If We Seek Beauty In the World, We Must Carry Beauty With Us As Well

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.“ – Ralph Waldo Emerson



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Destructive Good Fortune

Our planet began from the cosmic storm that stirred the soup that makes up the fundamental building materials that became all we know.  Of course it was all by accident…

Infinite Drifters - Expect The Unexpected -  Cosmic Dream Catcher

Destructive Good Fortune
by Michael Romani

To watch through the window scars
And look from above at falling stars
Is to be reminded of all the debris
That screams by in mindless trajectory

And to think on things bigger than small
Like extinction events beyond our recall
The improbability of that happenstance
That brought and end to saurian circumstance

And allowed for the rising of early man
As a meteor crashed into the jungled Yucatan
A free dive into this catastrophic place
Is a silent scream felt in humanity's embrace

Twelve miles deep vaporized into poison gases
With a single bullseye, the age of the Dinosaur passes
As Earth's history experiences destructive good fortune
In moments like these of providential contortion

Through the deserts we pursue relics of our history
In finding the building blocks of Earths' great mystery
All of this that we live comes from remnants of star dust
We learn as one day we return into dust as we must

Small particles pulled by cosmic electric force
Clumping together to somehow chart a new course
Pushed and pulled through something called gravity
The storm begins to build into it's frenzied intensity

So begins the building of our beloved planet
At least as we best now understand it
There's nothing subtle in Earth's origin
Built as if by coincidental sledge hammers again and again

(c)  July 12, 2019  Michael Romani
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LEA Sandbox Art - Cosmic Angle II





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Story Teller

It’s a great gift to tell tales that are seem so true that they almost walk right of the pages we read.  Isn’t it?

Out of the Looking Glass/Into the Madness - Listen Children and I'll Tell You A Story

Story Teller
by Michael Romani

Story tellers bring the tale
Where once upon will prevail
In stories of the deep woods
And red velvet riding hoods

Silver tongues and dreaming eyes
Wait for love and each sunrise
For dreamers of leather bindings
Where the stories are worth the finding

In old book stores holding treasure
Where readers find their greatest pleasure
Practices of life lifted from old books
Those illustrated with ancient looks

From eyes that see from vivid dreams
That take a walk among human beings
The magic of words come into play
When stars align with what they say

By saying more than ever be said
While playing on endlessly in the heads
Of those who have the story tellers' gift
And shape the souls living beyond the rift

Beautiful souls wither under criticism
Locked up in the hopelessness of pessimism
Where truth is heard and then discarded
Because sometimes truth told is too hard

As written words bring back memory
Of those lost but kept like family
When we remember to keep hope inside
And allow each other's planets to collide

(c)  July 12, 2019  Michael Romani
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Storybrooke -  Hope Springs Eternal





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First Principles: When Legislators Take and Destroy the Property of the People or Reduce the People To Slavery, the People Are Absolved From Further Obedience

“Whenever legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.” –  John Locke



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Thought For the Day: Our Bodies Are the Instruments Through Which Our Souls Play Their Music

“We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music.” – Albert Einstein



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