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A Thought for Today

In friendship, silence is more important than words.


I put a seashell to my ear and it all comes back; the yellow sun . . .the Mediterranean blue, the sky, the children running on the beach that day, the kildear birds marching in formation down to the sea, and back - when my memory wanders, as it does when bad things happen, I put a seashell to my ear and it all comes back; that day . . .you.

Even the gypsies. It all comes back. You see what loving does; it makes you trust in horoscopes, and gypsy wands and fortune tellers, and even seashells.

I still believe in love. It's hard these days you know, and yet it's still the great adventure; better than blowing bridges or a bus ride to Chicago. Even better than running away from home . . .to . . . join the gypsies.

                                -from "The Sea", 1967 & Folio #21, 1979

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Rod's random thoughts True men of pride concern themselves with the worth of smaller things.

Privacy is paramount to peace.

Guns make lousy plowshares, but oh, they rust so beautifully. Think of how they'd look with snap beans crawling over them.


I'll survive, I will.
Whatever hill I'm asked 
to climb or crawl upon
whatever dry space
I must travel through
to where the green
of this oncoming season
stays to speak to me,
I'll be there.

Wait for me
whoever you are
Whatever bright tunic or bright shirt
                              you wear,
I'm coming, I'll be there.

                                   - from Folio No.9, Spring 1976

1970, 1976, 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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