Do not look for him
In brittle mountain streams:
They are too cold for any god;
And do not examine the angry rivers
For shreds of his soft body
Or turn the shore stones for his blood;
But in the warm salt ocean
He is descending through cliffs
of slow green water
And the hovering coloured fish
Kiss his snow-bruised body
And build their secret nests
In his winding-sheet.
I have a question about this poem, Cohen looking for who is the dead boy？is his friend or a mythical figure？
I very like this poem from《Let Us Compare Mythologies》，Delicate, sincere and full of imaginative, without exaggeration, very natural.
I wish somebody can help me！
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I know this poem seems to imply that man is Orpheus.
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