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August 6, 2014

out & about // rod mckuen

Up Ahead - by Rod McKuen
UP AHEAD, Rod McKuen 1972

Three days into my no-phone week has allowed me to do more reading. It's a little embarrassing how long it's been since I've read anything of substance. After I finished college, I pretty much avoided any & all forms of knowledge. The reading that I've been doing this week isn't substantial in an educational sense, but more so edifying. I've been pouring over my collection of Rod McKuen books. McKuen has been my favorite poet ever since I can remember. When I was in high school we were given an assignment to memorize & recite a poem in front of the class. I chose what is still now my favorite McKuen poem, which I wanted to share with you below. 


How true is truth
                how absolute?
If I say love
do I mean loving you
to the intrusion of all else
and of all others?
And do I know
if I mean that?
Let me say
I will not lie to you
and know that I'm lying.
Nor will I comfort you
in any false way
however expedient that may seem.
And if I catch myself pretending
I'll tell on me
however much it hurts.
Fall down
with me, for now
and let me prove to you
how much I love
inside out and outside in.
If you're still afraid
then guide me if you like.
I love your hand
as much as I love
what's inside your heart.

- Rod McKuen, 1972

Hope you all are having a lovely week. 


Related // The picture was taken during my sunrise meet-up


  1. I feel like FINALLY, five years after graduating from college, I can enjoy reading for pleasure again. I missed it!

    1. It's difficult not looking at reading as a chore, but I think I'm slowly coming back to leisure reading. Glad to know I'm not alone.


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