“Villanelle For Our Time”

“Villanelle For Our Time”
Dear readers, if you are inclined, please read this magnificent piece, written by Leonard Cohen, a truly inspiring poem, displaying all of his brilliant craftsmanship.

From bitter searching of the heart,
Quickened with passion and with pain
We rise to play a greater part.
This is the faith from which we start:
Men shall know commonwealth again
From bitter searching of the heart.
We loved the easy and the smart,
But now, with keener hand and brain,
We rise to play a greater part.
The lesser loyalties depart,
And neither race nor creed remain
From bitter searching of the heart.
Not steering by the venal chart
That tricked the mass for private gain,
We rise to play a greater part.
Reshaping narrow law and art
Whose symbols are the millions slain,
From bitter searching of the heart
We rise to play a greater part.

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

44 thoughts on ““Villanelle For Our Time””

  1. So brilliant and wonderful!
    You know I love Mr. Cohen. 🙂 And his voice always brings a calm. 🙂
    How are you doing today, Ivor?
    You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
    I send you warm HUGS and Cooper sends Cooper-KISSES!

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      1. lol that’s good we now know that you will live but it’s not really good enough … these establishments infect us then can’t cure us … really not good enough on their side!

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      1. The alien poet is up and dressed,, a little bit betterer today, but they’re sending me off to a isolation room, it’s where thy keep all the aliens who misbehave 😊😊😱


    1. I’m so pleased Leonard’s words resonated with you today, as they are my inspiration for my time here in hospital “we rise to play a greater part” 😊❤️


  2. The “bitter searching of the heart line” is so powerful. Thanks for sharing Ivor! I am a Creative Life Coach with a poetry blog and today’s here is today’s in case you have time to look? It is also a Villanelle!
    I am also on Instagram as #coachingcreatively, let’s follow each other if you use this medium? You can also find me on Facebook under Sam Allen wearing a bright red and orange hat!
    I love connecting with fellow creatives as you can see!
    Sunny greetings from Switzerland!
    Sam 🙂

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