Archive for the ‘Life’ Tag

Wearing Out My Soul (National Poetry Writing Month 2020 #16)   Leave a comment

Wearing out my soul as I wander the world
Every step laying it a little more bare
Scuffing it up, stripping more away
Caked in failures and regrets
But one learns and never forgets
The lessons earned with each day
Until one day, I become aware
I’m nuturing my soul as I wander the world

– SR Romney 2020

Posted 04/16/2020 by Shaman in National Poetry Writing Month 2020

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Purpose (National Poetry Writing Month 2020 #15)   Leave a comment

Here, tonight, I sit in soliloquy
Pondering the purpose of life, of man
The nature of finding his destiny
The folly of failing to make his plan
Showing his virtue in chasing vices
Showing true honesty while he’s alone
Losing himself in other’s devices
Showing his passion, nose to the grindstone
Taking life’s road past the ruin, the fame
Or standing aside while others go past
Owning his failure, or passing the blame
Breathing each breath as if it were his last
To list out a man, I’ve only begun
But to understand, I’ll never be done

How can I understand something I know
I cannot ever truly understand
For I’m one crystal in a sea of snow
But one single grain in a hill of sand
The infinitesimal blinds my sight
As I stare at the unknown, unblinking
The deluge of data fills me with fright
The cognitive burden stops my thinking
Why must I care about this fantasy!?
Why does this fire keep burning my brain!?
Why does my suffering bring ecstasy!?
Is this sanity, or ramblings insane?
I must keep on searching to find my truth
I’ll obsess a lifetime, starting in youth

– SR Romney 2020

Memory/Inside My Mind (National Poetry Writing Month 2020 #7)   Leave a comment

My memory stills
Lost inside a dream
Moving as fate wills
Down the living stream
As I’m laid to rest
As I fade from view
As life leaves my chest
I will dream of you.

Inside my mind
I find you here
Our ties that bind
Will bring us near
No need to stay
You can be free
Just one more day
Here next to me.

My memory stills inside my mind.
Lost inside a dream, I find you here.
Moving as fate wills, our ties that bind
Down the living stream, will bring us near.
As I’m laid to rest, no need to stay.
As I fade from view, you can be free.
As life leaves my chest, just one more day
I will dream of you, here next to me.

– SR Romney 2020

Posted 04/07/2020 by Shaman in National Poetry Writing Month 2020

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Seven Loops (National Poetry Writing Month 2020 #3)   Leave a comment

Seven loops
Call the troops
To see the emperor fall
In the end
The figurehead
Didn’t hold much at all
To you and me
A deity
A figure miles tall
But all the same
At the end of the game
We see our emperor fall

– SR Romney 2020

Posted 04/03/2020 by Shaman in National Poetry Writing Month 2020

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Precipice (National Poetry Writing Month 2020 #2)   Leave a comment

I wish I could dance on the edge of a precipice
Drop all my fears and regrets off the edge
But in my heart I know I’m not really meant for this
Too afraid to take a step towards that ledge

Instead, I dredge up all the reasons to hide away
Excuses to run away from it all
But in my heart I know the leap is the only way
In order to fly, you first need to fall

– SR Romney 2020

Posted 04/02/2020 by Shaman in National Poetry Writing Month 2020

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Supplements (National Poetry Writing Month 2018 #22)   Leave a comment

In order to stay healthy,
One needs a lot of supplements:
2 to 3 hobbies to keep the mind busy,
A few doses of friendship to keep the soul sated,
A place of their own to rest and recharge,
A purpose in life to keep their will pointed,
Occasional adversity to keep themselves strong,
A few mistakes in order to learn,
A well earn triumph to keep up morale,
And a few losses to keep a perspective.
Take the supplements as needed
In order to have a good life.

– Shaman Romney 2018

Strongman   Leave a comment

Inside, I feel I must be a strong man
I need to be the kind of man I know
When others flee, to be the one that ran
Towards where even the brave dare not go

Not just strength of muscle, nor strength of arms
But strength of iron willed soul, and of mind
Strength to withstand all the world’s ills and harms
That fabled inner strength, so hard to find

Strength to persevere under immense weight
To see triumph when all seems to be lost
To see past good enough, and stride towards great
To keep the flame lit, no matter the cost

I know I’ll struggle, I know I may fail
Even if I do, imagine the tale?

– Shaman Romney 2018

Posted 02/28/2018 by Shaman in Poetry

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Still Waiting   Leave a comment

one and a half months
six weeks
forty-five days
one hundred and eighty hours
seven unopened presents
and too much time waiting

– Shaman Romney 2017

Posted 01/20/2017 by Shaman in Poetry

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Dream Big   1 comment

I need my biggest dreams
To be my fondest memories.
I want my life to put my death to shame.
I don’t want my last refrain
To be one of regret, one of disdain.
I want my legacy to be something unfathomable,
Something no one has ever thought of,
The answer to a question we don’t know to ask yet.

I can’t convince myself to accept anything less.
Unless I meet my higher standard,
I do not deserve to stand with pride.
I cannot understand a half placed effort,
Being comforted with less than perfection
Is a perfect misdirection of your true purpose:
To leave a permanent mark on the world
And better it for your fellow man.

-Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 07/13/2016 by Shaman in Poetry

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Platonic   Leave a comment

What happened to companionship?
To platonic friends?
In this age of polyamory,
Of promiscuity, pan-sexuality and pornography
Is it impossible to just befriend someone?
Embracing them, and not their genitals?
I have no problem with romantic love,
But there is so much more to life.
So don’t force my friends and I into a cage
Calling your restrictions openness.
I am free from your bonds and bondage:
I am liberated, alone yet loved.

– Shaman Romney 2016

Posted 06/08/2016 by Shaman in Poetry

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