A Thought for Today
Friendship is not a substitute for loving, it is an amplification.
For some time now I've been
concerned that certain elements of "A Safe Place to Land" have
become difficult for readers to find. As Rod mentioned in the Flight Plan
on Saturday, we've added a number of new sections over the past few years
and getting to them quickly, without having to dig through various menu
items, has become something of a problem.
Starting today, readers now
have the option of getting an overview of the site via a Site Map. This is
merely a list (together with links) of almost all the pages on the site, condensed onto one easy
to read page. I use the word almost advisedly because it's pretty
difficult listing nearly three years worth of daily Flight Plans on one
single page but at least you'll be able to get to the top levels of the
Archive section a lot faster than in the past.
I'm not convinced I've
remembered to include everything on the map but as Rod would say, it's
"a work in progress". Please drop me a line if there's anything
obvious missing and I'll add it straight away.
Check it out here - Site
Map - or you can use the new link on the home page.
Happy New year to you and yours.
Yes, I love those poems you mentioned last week, and almost better than any I adore
"The Art Of Catching Trains" which Rod printed this week.
But there is one poem which leaves me breathless and I guess it is because it is such an open declaration and celebration of love.
So much of Rod's poetry is about losing love, and is introspective. Maybe that is why we all relate so much to him. Rod speaks our pain for us. He says what we would say if we knew how. He is the voice of our secret heart ...our deepest yearning.
Then, when a poem appears that is so joyous, that is a celebratory hymn, well... for me it simply takes my breath away..... though
I am on record as saying I have never liked the last line *smile*. This poem, more than any other, is the one I would want to have
the man I loved write for me. It's a mystical experience.
I don't recall you printing it before so please........ for the first reader's choice for the new millennium, could you please print
"Morning, Three" ..... I rise up singing from your belly.
trust you to come up with one of the best and a very Happy New Year back
the words for "Morning, Three" was an interesting exercise. I
originally turned to the book "Seasons in the Sun" only to
discover that, as is the case with a number of McKuen pieces, this version
had been re-worked and was presented here in abbreviated form.
Cities" gave me the full version which I'm pretty sure is the one
you're referring to. And for those who think the best way of experiencing
Rod's poetry is to hear him recite it, you'll find a terrific version on
the album of the same name, only this time entitled "Church
Thanks for a great start the
the new year, Coral. If you have a favorite McKuen song or poem you'd like
to share, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I'll do the rest.
- Ken, Johannesburg, January 10
Details of Rod's upcoming concerts
and appearances can be obtained via the link below:
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