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A Thought for Today

To deny the freedom of the will is to make morality impossible.

 

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notable birthdays Pierre Balmain o Richard Brooks o Frank Capra o Perry Como o Patrick Dennis o Dame Margot Fonteyn o Dwayne Hickman o Reggie Jackson o Jacob Javits o Bill Macy o Robert Morse o Nicholas Czar II o Ezio Pinza o Pope John Paul II o Pernell Roberts o Lord Bertrand Russell o George Strait o Jack Whitaker o Meredith Wilson o Chow Yun-Fat

And a very special Happy Birthday to Ken Ball.

Rod's random thoughts Each of us should be alone at times, if only to confront ourselves.

Solitude is a gift that most of us are too dumb to appreciate.

What matters is the quality of solitude we keep while waiting to be found out.

THREE POEMS NEAR
THE SUMMER’S EDGE

SOME SILENT SPRING

Some silent spring
when everything is so quiet
only the piper down the field
is making sounds
we’ll take the season at its word.
I'll bring you willows
from the woods edge
we’ll sit quietly
waiting for the deer
to come into the clearing
for water.

- from "Celebrations of the Heart", 1975

STARGAZING

I'm floating
spread-eagled
held down by stars.
I want to believe you
because I want you

and so I believe you
I do.

But what a wonder
you
close on me and caring
saying that you care.
Stay
I'm coming over there.
Better
best.

I am floating
spread-eagled
lifted up by stars.

-from “Too Many Midnights,” 1981

POPCORN

Making popcorn
for the seagulls on the porch
you look up from the stove
just long enough to look away.

Some new obscurity behind your eyes
I am not as yet at liberty to know
stays lurking there
between the popcorn and the flame.

-from “The Sea Around Me,” 1966, 1967

 
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Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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