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A Thought for Today

Kind words are never forgotten they reverberate down lifetimes.


Rod has been told to spend the day cleaning up his room, or else.

notable birthdays Hermione Baddeley o Nathaniel Benchley o Edwin Booth o Justice Louis D. Brandeis o Linda Christian o William Gibson o Whoopi Goldberg o Richard Lucus o Joe Mantegna o Dack Rambo o Bruce Samazan o Alexander Scourby o Jean Seberg o Robert Sterling o Robert Louis Stevenson o Oskar Werner
Rod's random thoughts Making peace with an enemy has more than once rendered him helpless.

The selfish cheat themselves.

God grant me absolution for the time I waste, but let me waste some several Sundays more.

- from "Come to Me in Silence", 1973


In Case You Didnt Know

Some days up ahead
will come down empty
and some years fuller
than the fullest one
weve known before.

Today has been
the best day yet.
            I thought
you ought to know that,
and I thought it time
that I said thank you
for whatever might have
passed between us
that in your mind
you might have felt
missed my attention.

It didnt
and it doesnt
and it wont.

Thank you
for the everydays
that you make
into holidays.

I close up
more often now,
not just to you
but even to myself
               within myself.

I know I should
be always open.
At least I ought to make
             a better try.

I will.

Had I the Courage of One

Some distance there is
between my back
and this new morning.

Had I the courage of one
Id turn you around.
Had I the courage of five
Id turn you around inside you
pulling all the dark earth
                        with me.

Had I the courage of ten
wed start so much together
that wed never have the time
to finish even one thing started.

Had I the courage of one hundred
Id stand back and look at you.
                         Thats all.

Moving away, moving away,
gone you are while yet arriving.
Had I the courage of one
Id run beside you or behind you.

Instead I run away.
So it is weve started out
on this new day together
to travel parallel paths
in opposite directions.

- from "Moment To Moment", 1973, 1974, 1975

1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 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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