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A Thought for Today

If the stars aren't fixed and the tide changes of what importance is a mindset?


Following a tough week in the studio, Rod's taking it easy today.

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

notable birthdays Thomas Allen o Brigitte Bardot o Al Capp o Georges Clemenceau o Peter Finch o Janeane Garofalo o Tom Harmon o Joel Higgins o Cathy Kenefick o Ben E. King o Sylivia Kristal o Fiona Lewis o Marcello Mastroianni o Clarice Hooper McKuen o Gwyneth Paltrow o Elmer Rice o Max Schmeling o Mira Sorvino o Arnold Stang o Ed Sullivan o William Windom o Moon Unit Zappa
Rod's random thoughts Life is easier done than said.

Only when we pause to wonder do we go beyond the limits of our little lives.

Silence never needs improvement.

A FACE / U. S. C. Campus

A face.
You know the kind.
Round cheeks that rise to meet.
A perfect nose.
A chin without a blemish.
Forehead complimenting eyes, 
deep set, never staring
and yet not vacant
All of it. All of it
converging on a mouth
too supple and too perfect
to be true,
yet true as truth is.

Sometimes just a face,
fresh and scrubbed
encircled by a halo of cascading hair.
A head, a face indented in a head.
The beauty of it passing
breaks your heart,
stops your breath,
kills your memory of all faces.
You see it once
and don't forget its symmetry
until the next intruding face
comes passing in review.

from "Folio No. 42", Autumn,

1983, 1990, 2000, 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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