AFTERWARDS AND AFTERTHOUGHTS
Photo by Bob Gentry ©2001
A Thought for Today
True men of pride concern themselves with the worth of smaller
When it's over, love, someone's
birthday, the big game or the funeral, words not only come to mind that should have been
said earlier if the brain was always working, but recriminations and prayers for replay
fill the mind and work it overtime. A conversation in the head long after every chance has
passed is not unusual, more the rule.
After every loss or what we term to be our losses, a hundred master plans are planned, a
dozen avenues we might have taken, had not a certain road been blocked, stretch out before
us like a city map.
Finally the afterthoughts afterward are lost like all the melodies that had no meaning and
the memories that did.
- from "Alone", 1975
Details of Rod's upcoming concerts
and appearances can be obtained via the link below:
McKuen Concerts & Appearances
||Bess Streeter Aldrich
o Marian Anderson o Red Barber o Alan Bates o Jim Brown o Dorothy Canfield Fisher o Brenda Fricker o Joseph Gordon-Levitt o Johan
Grobbelaar o Hal Holbrook o Barry Humphries (Dame Edna) o Michael Jordan o Arthur Kennedy o Wayne Morris o Huey Newton o Jerry O'Connell o Gene Pitney o Lou Diamond Phillips o Chaim Potok o Denise Richards o Rene Russo o Patricia Routledge o Margaret Truman o Raf Vallone o Bon Vivant o Montgomery Ward o Bryan White
||Don't wait for love,
but do attend it when it comes.
A family with a yard needs a dog. A dog with a family needs a
Those who view success as a turnstile will never get the keys
to the executive washroom.
||Scarlet is the space
that flushes out
the folded cloud lines
in the western sky
between the silent surface
of the sea.
In only moments
the space will narrow,
grow quite red,
then quiet pink-and go.
And still the old man
does not come
to lead the cattle home.
Whatever mystery has made him late,
the animals are restless now.
Should I start down the road,
they'd follow -
Gladly I would lead them home
but by which road?
That seems to be the center,
the heart and edge
of every quandary.
Which road? When to take it?
How to know for sure.
I have found -
when doubting most -
that up ahead is always up ahead
and however many turns
the right or left road
it always leads to right or left.
I do not imagine
what I've said or say
will offer much encouragement
to the would-be traveler
but the information, once distilled,
the only way to get there is to go.
from "The Beautiful Strangers", 1981