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A Thought for Today

Without a higher source, how can we have higher aims?


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

notable birthdays Scott Bakula o Jackson Browne o Zachery Ty Bryan o Steve Burns o Bruce Caption o Bruce Catton o Fyvush Finkel o Georgi Griffith o E. Howard Hunt o Brian Lamb o John Lennon o Sean Ono Lennon o Aimee Semple McPherson o Walter O’Malley o Michael Pare o Joe Pepitone o Eddie Rickenbacker o Howard St. John o Camille Saint-Saens o Savannah o Tony Shalhoub o Alastair Sim o Randy Spelling o Jacques Tati
Rod's random thoughts Even age and time take on a sameness with age and time.

The energy of the will is the soul of every great character.

Service is a privilege.

JOHN LENNON, 1940-1980

This man
came across the universe
                         when needed
crying 'nothing's gonna change
                        my world'
and was taken from it
long before the job
that he invented for himself
                       was finished.

The silt that settles in and saddens
erases endings and enrages starts
is not that maniacs continue
to still genius,
it is the knowledge knocked into us
                                    yet again
that peace is not with the people
and love cannot, will not be legislated,
It does not spread among us
with the urgency of pestilence or plague.

Lunacy is the new epidemic.
Will there be statistics soon
that tell us madness now strikes
                                     one in four?

The widow and the child
the nation and the citizen
                     cannot mourn
and by so doing be relieved.

With presidents and popes
                        and poet minstrels
                              in the crossfire,
who walks in safety?
Not the Georgia child,
not the city subway rider,
not some divided country
believed that it fights a holy war
by sacrificing its people
                         to famine and fast.

It is not enough to hope
                        that ashes
taken by the wind so quickly
will come to earth as seeds,
and new John Lennons will begin to sprout
by the thousands and the thousands.
We must continue to BELIEVE
that many are the men of peace
who from time to time will set out
to walk among us.

Even now
as we await, anticipate
the arrival of the newest architect
                        of sensibility
we are late in joining hands
to form a circle of protection for him.

But I have noticed, only recently
that the widows of slain giants
take on a certain afterglow,
or was this the shine
that illuminated those great men
                                before the slayings
seen only now
because the greatness we observed
                                      has been removed.
Perhaps it is a partnership,
one we never understood.
                                If so
the half that stayed behind
shines brighter than most constellations,
their guiding light or residue
remains a beacon
a searchlight that still scans the heavens
in search of that bright beam
                        that went ahead.

                                - from "The Beautiful Strangers", 1981

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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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