12th & 13th July, 2010
Rod McKuen at the
Hollywood Autograph Show
Boots & Rod. Photographed
by Edward, May 2010. ©2010 By Stanyan Music Group. All Rights Reserved
A Thought for Today
I'll try anything once, and anything that
doesn't hurt more than once.
TO BEGIN WITH
In far away South Africa where this site squats thanks to friend and
resident of ROSA Webmaster Ken Blackie the World Cup party has finally
ended and more flights are leaving the country than taxiing in for
landings. It’s early winter there as summer finally establishes a
beachhead here in Southern California. On to today’s Flight Plan that
has everything to do with seasons.
A WEEK TO GO
Daisies and some half-striped tulips have gone on living in the hotel
bedroom for near half a week. I'll have new roses for you and lilacs
trucked in from the country by the barrel load. Bring me cider, if you
can, Chatsford honey, some magazines and books and the Pennsylvania
chemistry your friend cooks up. I doubt we'll need it, but whatever's
I cannot wait to cup your buttocks in my hands and move down through
your legs to England's heaven. To try again what has been tried and done
- to walk with you through sunlit London even in the absence of the sun.
To lie with you a hundred different ways and with you ahead through all
the summer days.
I had intended to describe your mouth to you while looking at it, but
another week of waiting is too long a time.. Your mouth is velvet on the
inside like the underside of violets, or the outside of your eyes.. Wet
it tastes like nothing half so much as your own mouth. Dry it hungers to
Your breath sometimes at night is like a mist, a thin grey fog that
warms my neck when you move near. You seldom wake me though I drown in
perspiration, yours and mine. Unknowingly your mouth takes me off to
foreign places when my own rides up against it. We are passengers on
trains and sailing ships with no destination, in no hurry. Time and
again one rides against the other, a tug of war of tongues so gentle
that we might not be touching tongues at all.
- from Folio No. 7, Autumn 1975
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