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A Thought for Today

If you cannot imagine love without possession, try thinking about life without freedom.


Happy Valentines Day
to all our friends everywhere.

Rod McKuen
and all of us at
A Safe Place to Land

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Rod's random thoughts Love is such a fragile thing to be so strong.

You earn love by learning love.

Love finds beauty in the plainest smile.


Before the heart gets too damp
             with its recollections,
too musty with its second thoughts
                 on vanished loves 
                that never were,
I thought I'd send a note to you, 
                              Old Friend,
old getting rusty at the hinges valentine.

How is it there
in heart and outside heart?
How does it thrive along your watch?
Out here the hills
                    keep getting higher,
though we still see their tops.
Only voids are deep enough 
               to give us doubt.
But even they are circumnavigated
by new vacancies arriving.

The heart is burdened most
               by all the time it wastes. 
It does not ruminate so much about
                    what could have been
as it does about what was 
but cannot be again.

Our friendship was and is, Old Friend.
It drives on despite my inattention. 

First Publication. From "A Safe Place to Land," 2001
1969, 1988, 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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