Opposites   Leave a comment

You and I are:

Peanut butter and a cheese burger,
Strawberries and pizza,
Whiskey and grape juice,
Pop music and death metal.

Two things which seem wrong together.
But, for a few select people,
We are perfectly matched.

– Shaman Romney 2019

Posted 05/09/2019 by Shaman in Poetry

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Discipline (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #30)   Leave a comment

Discipline is my greatest challenge,
And my greatest goal
For it can build an iron clad soul.

Discipline is the way to be strong
Moving down the road
Discipline will help lighten the load

Discipline is the way to be free
In all that you do
But to be free, it all starts with you

– Shaman Romney 2019

Melting Pot (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #29)   Leave a comment

America is now a salad bar
Not a melting pot
You pick the pieces you want
And get rid of all the rest

Don’t like the lamb?
Throw it out
Don’t like cilantro?
Throw it out
Don’t like the chickpeas?
Throw it out.
But that’s not what I want America to be about.

You can’t get Tex Mex or pizza from the salad bar
You have to combine ingredients at the start
And you don’t get anything worth eating
If you keep all the good stuff apart

So throw away the sneeze guard
And throw it all in the pot
You won’t know what you’ll get out
But some of it will be good, right?

– Shaman Romney 2019

American Monarchy (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #28)   Leave a comment

The president shouldn’t be our king,
He’s a civil servant
But we’re obsessed with making them into
Something they can’t be.
Not just better than you and me
But perfect, a godling.
They have to be the man or woman of our dreams
Beams of light coming down
Angelic choruses sing
Trumpets thundering
Leaving us all wondering
Blinding us with amazement
A panacea embodiment
But whether a cad or a grand crusader
A grand persuader, or a humble worker
They can reach for greatness, but never perfection
And we shouldn’t expect them to.

– Shaman Romney 2019

Big Words (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #27)   Leave a comment

I can be a little grandiloquent
Mostly ’cause I tend to use words like grandiloquent
When it would have been more elegant
To say someone is being narcissistic, egotistic,
or a jerk
It unrealistic of me to think a big vocabulary
Would work in conversation
It only seems to cause frustration
My lack of tact makes me implacable
Restraining my verbosity seems intractable
So my adjectives will be exculpative
My verbs vindictive
And my nouns indicative
Of a man who reads the dictionary too much.

– Shaman Romney 2019

Narcissism (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #26)   Leave a comment

Narcissism is a hell
You don’t even know you’re in
You don’t notice all you lose
You only see when you win

You aren’t able to grow
Life unable to flower
The only things you can know
Are perfect in your tower

You are cursed to see it fall
Screaming your rage at the sky
Not seeing the world at all
Just yourself, until you die.

– Shaman Romney 2019

Get After It! (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #25)   Leave a comment

Are there issues in life that you need to push through?
Is there something you want to do?
Get after it!

Are you tired of fighting to get through the day?
Of obstacles put in your way?
Get after it!

Do you keep looking for the right moment to start?
You carry a dream in your heart?
Get after it!

Sick and tired of looking for your reason why?
Is there something you want to try?
Get after it!

You don’t want to spend your whole life wondering how;
The answer is start moving now!
Get after it!

– Shaman Romney 2019