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A Thought for Today

Genius is the wave above the water.


(1943 –2001)

There goes the sun.

notable birthdays Woody Allen o Carol Alt o Julie Condra o John Densmore o Bob Goen o Matthew Laborteaux o Mary Martin o Keith Michell o Bette Midler o Matt Monro o Jeremy Northam o Jaco Pastorius o Billy Paul o Richard Pryor o Lou Rawls o Cyril Ritchard o Dick Shawn o Rex Stout o Charlene Tilton o Lee Trevino o Alexander Ryan Ward o Treat Williams.

And a wish for a long and happy journey for Ken & Maureen Aupperlee as they begin their first day together as husband and wife.

Rod's random thoughts God rewards the dreamer with continued dreams.

Loving someone without holding back is the highest high of all.

Friendship is the easiest road through life.


The 1972 Christmas Card

This year
Let us buy each other nothing.
Give me your strongest smile
and in return
I’ll let you have my hand.
These are presents quite enough
for two who love each other
       and each other’s God.

-from “The 1972 Rod McKuen Calendar & Date book,” 1971

Winter Can Be Long

With so little love or kindness
shouted out or carried to us
winter can be long.

I know you have some troubles
but they belong to me now, too,
we can skate the ice together.

-from “The 1974 Rod McKuen Calendar & Date Book,” 1973

December Dawn

December’s dawn
comes soon enough to every life
and it will finally stop by ours.

I know with you beside me
I will embrace the winter
the same as I have welcomed
spring after spring after spring.

The last December?
Just another time together
for two to gather and bind up
a few more added days
in a life already full enough
and spilling over.

RM 11/30/01 / 4:42 PM. First publication December 1, 2001

© 1970, 1973, 1986, 1987, 2001 by Stanyan Music Group & Rod McKuen. All Rights Reserved
Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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