Edward Habib McKuen. ©2006 by Stanyan Audio Video Archives
A Thought for Today
You can widen your
life by yourself, but to deepen it you need a friend.
1963 Christmas Card
I know that love
is running in the snow.
I cannot see it but it's there.
As sure as caterpillars tunnel in the leaves
and winter weight bogs down the trees.
And so I search the highways and the hills.
There was a time
when bar talk and Bartok did the job
and I would hurry home -
a stranger in my arms or in my thoughts
to be content with San Francisco rain.
You'd be surprised
the way the dripping rain from rooftops
can ease a man from out himself
and into sun.
We're all older now,
This past year we have lost Piaf's smile,
and Cocteau's jokes on everyone
(he said the ship was going down - remember.)
The year turns home.
-from "Twelve Years of Christmas," 1969
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