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by mat james
Tue May 12, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: influences on leonard?
Replies: 66
Views: 52390

Re: influences on leonard?

Cohen's Lucky Night is a translation of San Juan de la Cruz' poem, Dark Night (of the soul). (San Juan is also known as Saint John of the Cross ) Interestingly... San Juan had Jewish grandparents who were forced to convert to Catholicism at pain of death during the Spanish Inquisition and I suggest ...
by mat james
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)
Replies: 26
Views: 23340

Re: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)

Hi David, I'll need to mull that around in my head for awhile. I am not familiar with the Kabala; I have merely heard others mention its wisdom. I would suggest, though, that what I see in Leonard's song above is similar to what you see. That is, god changing "position", as Leonard terms it (Various...
by mat james
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: On the Pulse of Morning
Replies: 16
Views: 6165

Re: On the Pulse of Morning

"They whisper still, the ancient stones
the tumbled mountains weep..."

Now that's Poetry!

Mat
by mat james
Thu Apr 02, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: The Master Song
Replies: 29
Views: 16164

Re: The Master Song

Yes, we are locking down, popping corks, distancing as much as we can...and dawdling through old Leonard Cohen posts, thoughts and music...it's better than bullets and bombs, that's for sure.
Keep well if you can.
If not, then good luck! Xxx
8) :D
by mat james
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: The Master Song
Replies: 29
Views: 16164

Re: The Master Song

Yes, we are "imperfect beings" Cate... ...but your response is perfect. (forgiveness, acceptance, mercy, non judgement on a certain level ...there is another "position" for a "Me Too" movement. ;-) With your attitude, Cate, I would guess you are now preparing for the Front Line in the Battle of Coro...
by mat james
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Leonard and Corona
Replies: 18
Views: 2022

Re: Leonard and Corona

I'm still here wherever that is... ;-) I'm mulling around these "Darker" lines of Leonard; ...and please don't make me go there though there be a god or not... (so hope-less- melancholy, so mortal) ...they whisper still, the ancient stones the blunted mountains weep... (so hope-full-immortal/eternal...
by mat james
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)
Replies: 26
Views: 23340

Re: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)

...more "notes from the underground" by Fyodor Mat IAMvsky-cohen ( an cohenesque /Satrian pre-cogito-existential adventure into the isness paradox of being...) ie, i-am ..some more contemplative reflections on this song by Leonard Cohen...from the underworld/underground... "You know Who I AM" you've...
by mat james
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:47 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: The bee’s last journey to the rose
Replies: 16
Views: 6485

Re: The bee’s last journey to the rose

...he even repented of beeing a buddha...

Of course!

MatbbgJ
by mat james
Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: The bee’s last journey to the rose
Replies: 16
Views: 6485

Re: The bee’s last journey to the rose

Hi Jack, thanks for the fascinating conversation/challenge :D 8) ...your fat and skinny Buddha business is an interesting and entertaining tangent...but in my Po post I thought I would simply let you get on with your story :) Interestingly, I have several Buddha's in my home, fat, skinny, thoughtful...
by mat james
Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: The bee’s last journey to the rose
Replies: 16
Views: 6485

Re: The bee’s last journey to the rose

Hi Jack! Wow, long time... Yeh, San Juan is a champ. As is that little bee...in each of us.. ;) Poetically, since Mike's post above, I have been toying with the idea of the buddha in the bee, or more accurately, the bee in the buddha... ...the buzz the hum humming and om-ing in and out of the eterna...
by mat james
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: THE FLAME - news and information
Topic: The Flame-discussion thread
Replies: 28
Views: 10265

Re: The Flame-discussion thread

why is it so lonesome
at this table
this Wilderness?

Is it over now
the water
and the Wine?
by mat james
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:08 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: The bee’s last journey to the rose
Replies: 16
Views: 6485

Re: The bee’s last journey to the rose

hi Mike, yes, there is something beeishly otherworldly about both poems, while still being lost in the "now". I read your book....loved the way the dog avoided "existential angst"....so true :lol: ...and this beautiful line, from your poem, Denial: "I won't look up so passers by can see all those th...
by mat james
Fri May 24, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: THE FLAME - news and information
Topic: The Flame-discussion thread
Replies: 28
Views: 10265

Re: The Flame-discussion thread

Hi Joe and All, Things have quietened down a bit on this thread, so I will add my opinion to the mix. I want to be blunt. I want to point out that this book The Flame is as much about Cruz as it is about Cohen. It oozes "Dark Night" and "Oh Living Flame of Love" by Cruz ...and in my opinion Leonard ...
by mat james
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 691
Views: 79379

Re: never-ending gallery

...you don't know what your labelling about, Geoffrey :neutral: He's not so much "thinking" as absent-mindlessly reflecting and moving toward contemplating a whole range of pasts.. he is connected to the dis-connection sauntering through unholy lands and he hasn't landed yet "I set out one Night but...

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