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A Thought for Today

As a democracy we will always do what it takes to ensure our freedom and our hard won way of life. As a friend to freedom loving countries everywhere we must help them in their struggles as they have always helped us.


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"Tap Your Troubles Away" - the music of Jerry Herman

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Rod's random thoughts A sunset missed is gone, but tomorrow’s promise lingers.

Science should not cheat imagination, but further it.

No peace is ever perfect, and no war is ever won.


War is not
        the murderer,
it is peace.
The waiting for war
the restlessness
men of war have
when there is no fight
no false crusade.

it might be argued,
is the killer.
Without contentment
               to fire war
there would be no battle.

A circle.
Peace is not a promise,
only a time
       for reloading.

I do not expect
that this will change
within my lifetime,
or my son’s sons.

I do not expect
miracles or marvels,
but I know
what war is not
and it is not.

Some wonder in the act of war
still lingers for mankind
after all this time.

And could it be defined,
set down as to its reasons,
perhaps it could be bottled up
or filed away
or even willed away by loving.

But while some men
having tasted so much war
and some who’ve never
                bitten battle
still walk among us,
there will always be
mysteries to be
       found out.

Does the arrow pierce
and does the cannon sting
and can a private madness
dwelling in one man’s head
be stopped by firing over
heads of men he’ll never know,
or better still into their hearts.

- from “Beyond the Boardwalk,” 1975, 1976

© 1975, 1976, 1981, 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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