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Brain Drain (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #16)   Leave a comment

Suffering from brain drain
From going against the grain
But I can’t complain
Because I no longer have to explain

My mind gets to be blank
And if I have to be frank
I have stopped the crank
It’s this stillness my thoughts finally thank.

But I don’t get to cheer
The time to restart is here
And as it draws near
The stillness of my mind will disappear

– Shaman Romney 2019

Posted 04/16/2019 by Shaman in National Poetry Writing Month 2019

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Foundation (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #15)   Leave a comment

You need a strong foundation
To build something upon
Whether you build a nation
Or build the Parthenon

This is a phenomenon
That ignores your station
Refuse it and you’ll count on
A life of frustration

– Shaman Romney 2019

Wasting Time (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #14)   Leave a comment

Wasting away
The hours in the day
What can I say
Do they matter anyway?
It’s worth what I pay
If it shows me a way
From all work and no play

– Shaman Romney 2019

Posted 04/14/2019 by Shaman in National Poetry Writing Month 2019

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Cyborgs (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #13)   Leave a comment

Cyborgs are already here
You and I have become them
Cellphones and headphones appear
Means to a digital end

We are one with Ethernet
Progress leaps so very far
When we finally reach the end
Will we still know who we are?

– Shaman Romney 2019

Beauty (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #12)   Leave a comment

What is beauty?
The crimson petals of a rose?
A brilliant sunset on a warm summer’s day?

What is beauty?
The blisters from a hard day’s work?
The crowd of people gathered at your funeral?

Is beauty even something we can truly know?
Something we can point at and say,
“That is beauty.”

Or is it kept in our mind, in our thoughts, alone?
Wrapped up in a subjective thought,
“That is beauty.”

– Shaman Romney 2019

Posted 04/12/2019 by Shaman in National Poetry Writing Month 2019

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Burn (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #11)   Leave a comment

I need to burn off my deadwood
Shed all my unneeded layers
Remove all my “would” and my “should”
Keeping only the needs and cares

Burn past my first degree nonsense
Second degree things I care for
Ignite a fire so intense
I burn to my first degree core

What’s left when the fires are done
Will be my most critical part
For when all my useless is gone
I’ll have a fire hardened heart

– Shaman Romney 2019

Posted 04/11/2019 by Shaman in National Poetry Writing Month 2019

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Two Choices (National Poetry Writing Month 2019 #10)   Leave a comment

Are you insignificant?
Unimportant, on your own?
Just a single tiny speck
In a universe unknown?

Or are you instead a node
Interwoven with us all?
Bearing your part of the load,
Sending ripples when you fall?

Does nothing in life matter?
Or do all our actions count?
Do all our choices scatter,
Regardless of the amount?

Make your choice and live with it,
Whichever one that may be.
For you, either one may fit;
I know the right choice for me.

– Shaman Romney 2019