Original Poem: For Leonard Cohen at 78

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Original Poem: For Leonard Cohen at 78

Postby sonnenberg » Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:16 pm

I saw Leonard Cohen last night here in Austin. The image that will stay with me forever is that of him skipping off stage 4 hours after the show began. This image inspired a poem. Please note that my references to Mr. Cohen's Jewish heritage, to the notorious Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky, etc., are presented without guile or (really) understanding of the implications of such references coming from a non-Jew. No offense or aspersions are intended.

For Leonard Cohen at 78

This spry old man,
love's Meyer Lansky
(dark suit, fedora,
the soul his Las Vegas),
skips (incredibly),
canters off stage:
all figure; no ground;

blithe, hunched, airborne
(utterly apocryphal:
G*d's own Kokopeli Jew),
smile slung like a schoolyard taunt
on a head hugely hung,
flung forward, yet, somehow,
center of the gravity
his holy heart defies.

Paul Sonnenberg
Austin, TX
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Re: Original Poem: For Leonard Cohen at 78

Postby Cate » Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:15 pm

Sounds like the concert had a powerful impact on you Paul!

Thank you for sharing your poem with us. I love reading poems
that were inspired either directly by Leonard or by his work.
Nicely done.

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