Book of Longing

I can’t make the hills
The system is shot
I’m living on pills
For which I thank G-d

I followed the course
From chaos to art
Desire the horse
Depression the cart

I sailed like a swan
I sank like a rock
But time is long gone
Past my laughing stock

My page was too white
My ink was too thin
The day wouldn’t write
What the night penciled in

My animal howls
My angel’s upset
But I’m not allowed
A trace of regret

For someone will use
What I couldn’t be
My heart will be hers
Impersonally

She’ll step on the path
She’ll see what I mean
My will cut in half
And freedom between

For less than a second
Our lives will collide
The endless suspended
The door open wide

Then she will be born
To someone like you
What no one has done
She’ll continue to do

I know she is coming
I know she will look
And that is the longing
And this is the book

~ Leonard Cohen


Images:

1) manicowl.com
2) flickr
3) pekthong.deviantart.com

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23 responses

  1. He had a way with…

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    October 29, 2017 at 7:14 AM

  2. Good post for Halloween. Lyrical, but sad. Its one of those poems/lyrics that has to be read several times to get the full meaning of it. I understand that longing though…its a longing for something to help heal that despair. I find mine in nature as I just posted about. I’ve never been much into surrealism, but it’s a good time of year for it. ☺

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    October 29, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    • Surrealism isn’t my favorite either, but these images- which seem easier to just feel than to describe- are so desolate and unattainable that they fit the piece.

      Nature… that can do it to me as well. ;c)

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      October 29, 2017 at 1:01 PM

      • I thought the images were particularly good. But I generally enjoy most of your posts. You’re brilliant (in the intellectual sense of the word) and I often get a good chuckle reading your posts. Thank you for the time you take to write. Cheers!

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        October 29, 2017 at 1:10 PM

  3. Smilin’ atcha

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    October 29, 2017 at 7:52 AM

  4. Whatsup?

    Thanks mad sister… Love Leonard

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    October 29, 2017 at 7:57 AM

  5. “The day wouldn’t write / What the night penciled in”
    Simply brilliant, something I wish I’d written myself! X

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    October 29, 2017 at 8:30 AM

  6. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    October 29, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    • I love his music, but his recitations are on a whole different level… so amazing!

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      October 29, 2017 at 1:07 PM

      • Totally agree! I had the honor to be in a few of his concerts, and every time he recited “A Thousand Kisses Deep” the crowd was mesmerized. Hypnotic.

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        October 29, 2017 at 3:44 PM

        • “A Thousand Kisses Deep” … you’re so right: hypnotic is the only way to describe it.

          It’s said that he never considered himself a singer/songwriter; only a poet.

          With the way he recites, you know this is true.

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          October 29, 2017 at 4:52 PM

        • Absolutely. He was an accomplished poet and started his song writing and preforming career when he was in his 30’s. A truly remarkable man in everything he did.

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          October 29, 2017 at 6:28 PM

  7. Wow! This is such an amazing piece! Beautiful write!

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    November 6, 2017 at 12:28 AM

  8. I love this poem. It is beautiful and so true to life in so many ways.

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    November 14, 2017 at 2:43 PM

  9. Oh my Cod, I laughed and loved your post! Truly exceptional in words, images, and spirit. You’ve always produced such a mastery of work, but this particular one is my favorite.

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    November 19, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    • Thank you! I do appreciate your words- especially after being a bit uninspired as of late. ;c)

      (Oh my Cod… I wonder if people actually get paid to name cat food.)

      Liked by 1 person

      November 19, 2017 at 1:05 PM

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