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The Na/GloPoWriMo Day 25 challenge is to write a poem that takes the form of a warning label.
Handle With Care by Michael Romani There in all that subterfuge misspoke Are the mirrors of the hearts we broke Token glimpses of jaded flakes of vanity Worn thinly as we push the edges of sanity Playing graceless games in wounding others Those who at other times might be our brothers If we hadn't had the accidents of different mothers And we had learned to truly love one another Time is fleeting and everything seems temporary To the point where being nostalgic is contemporary Not to prove myself a master of the contrary But as I look around each moment is something extraordinary We need to learn to handle all of this with care Learning that no two are alike so why do we compare We should instead exonerate all that adds up to verity And instead you just stop, laugh and stare at me Desperately reaching out in our all too human fragility Each marked "Handle With Care" in our bleeding humanity The scars that never heal leave psychic wounds burning As we wring our hands in near constant need for learning There is in the eulogy our binds to the necessary past In the good and the bad are those things we wished could last At moments we are certain we could almost touch the stars As we knock down another round at some nameless seedy bar .. 20 more words
Based on the Book of Psalms:
Girding My Heart by Michael Romani With my whole heart I seek Him Guarding my life by the decision That is not just a frivolous whim But one made from the precision Of guarding my heart with the Word Whether living slowly or in a blur I have opened my eyes to see The truth of all of my reality Seeking to be a better man Doing my best to do what I can Seeing all the purpose of the why Seek and ye shall find as my reply Rebuked by God to my countenance I feel no choice but my repentance Often persuaded to change my ways To be closer to God in my days Hearing the truth as its preached This is the point that I've reached Accepting the truth of living Christ Obedient to the word, I've not missed That so many have turned away Even those who should not easily stray Looking in the mirror, I see my wrong Too many times weak instead of strong Girding my heart to His authority The ways of the Word are the divinity From which I will seek not to wander From while knowing all of its wonder Asking myself to look at the evidence I surrender my will to His holy Providence From page 1 to the last point of revelation Humanity becomes clothed in its destination To live by the righteous word of God alone Seeking my atonement carved in stone I am righteous only through the blood Without which I am hopelessly mired in the mud The Bible melts my heart in its compassion Walking back from anger and its expansion Putting aside the malice hard to swallow Doing my best to be deep and now shallow Living in forgiveness and not in bitterness Living in society and not hatred's wilderness If it's going to be then it's truly up to me To change and repent in my eventuality I do my best, seeking to live in purity Knowing His love as the only cure for me I know that I best avoid to do this when I store up His word stepping away from sin (c) April 25, 2018 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved