Singer, songwriter, poet, novelist and visual artist, Leonard Cohen stands out through his elegant, melancholy air, original approach of subjects such as love, depression or social inequality, and through his individual brand of spirituality, that mixes his Jewish heritage with the Buddhist faith he later adopted. His brand of eroticism is pensive, yet passionate, sincere, yet laden with metaphor. Here are but a few of its expressions.
“Beneath my hands
your small breasts
are the upturned bellies
of breathing fallen sparrows.
Wherever you move
I hear the sound of closing wings
of falling wings.”
(“Beneath My Hands,” poem from “The Spice Box of Earth,” 1961)
“Your body like a searchlight
My poverty revealed.
I would like to try your charity
until you cry:
“Now you must try my greed.”
And everything depends upon
how near you sleep to me –”
(“Take This Longing,” from “New Skin for the Old Ceremony,” 1974)
“Let me see your beauty
when the witnesses are gone
Let me feel you moving
Like they do in Babylon.”
“I want you, I want you, I want you
on a chair with a dead magazine.
In the cave at the tip of the lily
in some hallway where love’s never been.
On a bed where the moon has been sweating,
in a cry filled with footsteps and sand.”
“I’m aching for you, baby. I can’t pretend I’m not. I need to see you naked in your body and your thought. I’ve got you like a habit and I’ll never get enough.”
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“If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you.”
(“I’m Your Man,” from “I’m Your Man”, 1988)
“I dreamed about you, baby,
It was just the other night.
Most of you was naked
but some of you was light.”
(“Waiting for the Miracle,” from “The Future,” 1992)
Anca Rotar is a Romanian-born writer, over-thinker and caffeine addict. She is the author of two books, Hidden Animals and Before It Sets You Free, both available from Amazon.com. Among her interests, which she finds it hard to shut up about, she counts fashion, yoga, city breaks and deadpan sarcasm. She is also currently studying Japanese, so wish her luck. You can sample bits of Anca’s creative writing here.