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The End (National Poetry Writing Month #30)   Leave a comment

So now we come to the end
My friend
Of the poetry I penned
This month was a great dividend
Of my poetic legend
(Or so I pretend)

This time that I spend
Trying to comprehend
My poetic bend
Was a way to transcend
Or at least extend
This final bookend
Of a poem.

– Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 04/30/2016 by Shay in National Poetry Writing Month 2016

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Pretty White Lies (National Poetry Writing Month #29)   Leave a comment

I’ve been served up with these platitudes
False visages of alternate possibilities
The cause of my stupid attitudes
Of me exercising my futilities

The lies were served up steaming
The pile of bull shit standing tall
But I believed you, smile beaming
And ate it up, flies and all.

I am the blind ignoramus
Who can’t see what is in front of my eyes
The hellish road of good intentions before us
Is paved with all your pretty white lies.

– Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 04/29/2016 by Shay in National Poetry Writing Month 2016

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Backwards Fear (National Poetry Writing Month #28)   1 comment

The ground was cold, wet with blood
The impact, hard and sudden
The wind rushed passed his eyes
The glass twinkled in the sunlight

The window gave way with a final jerk
He continued to hit it with desperation
His hands were slick with his blood
The glass shattered and wounded him.

He punched at it furiously, hurriedly
He dashed for the room, for the light
Running in his abject terror
He spotted safety in the other room

Desperately, he searched in darkness
He had to get away from that thing
He heard the claws scrapping the floor
The monster began its gibbering

The undulating mass stared at him with hunger
His eyes adjusted to the darkness
He heard the other-worldly voice garble
“Run, and you will die tired.”

-Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 04/28/2016 by Shay in National Poetry Writing Month 2016

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Running On Empty (National Poetry Writing Month #27)   Leave a comment

I am running on empty
Thoughts have fled
And I have nothing left

But, hard as it is
I must write
For it is my lifeblood

I’ll fill up my pot
Of virtual ink
And write on once more

– Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 04/27/2016 by Shay in National Poetry Writing Month 2016

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Stand Tall! (National Poetry Writing Month #26)   Leave a comment

You missed paying your rent
Stand Tall!
Your paycheck’s all been spent
Stand Tall!
You bills will never dent
Stand Tall!
You still live with the ‘rents
Stand Tall!

You do not want to work
Stand Tall!
Your friends think your a jerk
Stand Tall!
You have a sneering smirk
Stand Tall!
You’re lazy; it’s a quirk
Stand Tall!

This opinion you exalt;
Stand Tall!
“It someone else’s fault!”
Stand Tall!
Your moneys in their vault
Stand Tall!
Your wounds are full of salt
Stand Tall!

It can’t be that you suck
Stand Tall!
You’re just down on your luck
Stand Tall!
You’re not a stupid schmuck
Stand Tall!
You’re just a little stuck
Stand Tall

No, you’re not the dick
Stand Tall!
Its them; he is the prick
Stand Tall!
With his opinion politic.
Stand Tall!
So time to throw the brick
Stand Tall!

-Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 04/26/2016 by Shay in National Poetry Writing Month 2016

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In Shape (National Poetry Writing Month 2016 #25)   Leave a comment

I’m changing
From obtuse to acute
From oblong to compound
From portly to pugilist

Shedding pounds from
my body,
my mind,
my life,
I stand on the scale.

I am less of a man
Than I was at the start;
I’m much better for it.

– Shaman Romney 2016

Attraction (National Poetry Writing Month #24)   Leave a comment

A force pulling things together
Difficult to separate
Is it magnetism or love?

– Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 04/24/2016 by Shay in National Poetry Writing Month 2016

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Work Me (National Poetry Writing Month #23)   Leave a comment

Work me when I wake up
Work me every day
Work me til there is no other way

Work me til I’m anxious
Work me past too tired
Work me past the date that I’m expired

Work me when you want to
Work me when you can
Work me to the shell of a bitter man

Work me til I’m hopeless
Work me when I’m broken
Work me with false promises you’ve spoken

Work me past the bleeding,
Work me to the core
Work me til I’m not human anymore

Work me past exhaustion
Work me to the bone
Work me past the yearning to go home

Work me in my nightmares
Work me past my dreams
Work me til I’m ripping at the seams.

Work me til I’m screaming
Work me as l cry
Work me past the point of asking why

Work me when I’m tired
Work me when I’m done
Work me til you lose another one.

Work me where I’m standing
Work me in my bed
Work me til I’m on the ground, dead.

Work me past my mourning
Work me past my legacy
Work me til there’s nothing left of me.

– Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 04/23/2016 by Shay in National Poetry Writing Month 2016

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Release (National Poetry Writing Month #22)   Leave a comment

I’m losing faith I never had
In a love left unreturned.
Unrequited love has left me burned.
This desiccated husk of a man lay
As this love burns me more.
Burns me to the core.

Hope is gone,
Life; shattered.
I lost the only thing thatĀ mattered.

In my fucked-up, first-world problematic life.
I’m standing on the edge of a knife.
Waiting for the blow to end it all.
The final push that lets me fall
And reach the end,
the sweet release,
From all the pain I give to me.

– Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 04/22/2016 by Shay in National Poetry Writing Month 2016

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Caffeine (National Poetry Writing Month #21)   Leave a comment

In my brain
Against the grain
Go insane

Moving fast
Blazing past

Vessel pop
Pressure drop
Should I stop?

Levels low
Going slow
Time to go

– Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 04/21/2016 by Shay in National Poetry Writing Month 2016

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