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A Thought for Today

Anyone with wisdom feels that they were born too late, for what has passed will always seem superior to what is passing now.


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"Tap Your Troubles Away" - the music of Jerry Herman

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Rod's random thoughts Silence like a scythe divides all reveries.

Success is the blotter we use to wipe out failure.

There may be cosmic loneliness, but solitude is selective.


Since you have known me
               all my life
I would that I could be aboard
the final ship you sail
to see you out of yours.
Yet I could never think up life
        in form or substance,
ill health or well, without you.
What then to be preferred,
me catching you before God
              in His heaven does
or you behind
to sort my papers out
as I slip silently from sight.

Death ought to take us both at once
but who’d be left to sweep
the worn-out flesh away,
to put it in its proper mound.
Who’d be around to tidy up ?

Careless is the plan of nature,
timetable of the lesser things
                      like man.
We are invented and thought up
but have so little say
in how we come or go
and come again if we do come.

In truth while immortality
       is each man’s goal
I’d rather be the first to go -
if all my needs could be administered
               by one who cares.
Should lightning strike
I know you’d run and sweep
                      the ashes up
to keep the litter from encroaching on
        the right of way of others.

-from “Suspension Bridge,” 1984

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Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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