Tonight, I Hear A Light

Tonight, I Hear A Light

 

From his tower of song

The teacher heralds his story

Thought provoking and foreboding

His words, are wise and profound

Almost a lullaby to your inner child

Or shaking your soul, almost to death

Recognising the ancient past

Honouring a vaccinated future

In a world that has been torn

His personal eulogy, is solemn but not forlorn

My heart will keep living the romance

Thank you for the dance

 

 “It’s Torn”  Lyrics, by Leonard Cohen

I see you in windows that open so wide
There’s nothing beyond them and no one inside
You kick off your sandals and shake out your hair
The salt on your shoulders like sparks in the air
There’s silt on your ankles and sand on your feet
The river too shallow, the ocean too deep
You smile at your suffering, the sweetest reprieve
Why did you leave us, why did you leave

You kick off your sandals and shake out your hair
It’s torn where you’re dancing, it’s torn everywhere
It’s torn on the right and it’s torn on the left
It’s torn in the centre which few can accept

It’s torn where there’s beauty, it’s torn where there’s death
It’s torn where there’s mercy but torn somewhat less
It’s torn in the highest from kingdom to crown
The messages fly but the network is down
Bruised at the shoulder and cut at the wrist
The sea rushes home to its thimble of mist
The opposites falter, the spirals reverse
And Eve must re-enter the sleep of her birth
And up through the system the worlds are withdrawn
From every dominion the mind stood upon
And now that it’s over and now that it’s done
The name has no number, not even the one

Come gather the pieces all scattered and lost
The lie in what’s holy, the light in what’s not
The story’s been written the letter’s been sealed
You gave me a lily but now it’s a field

You kick off your sandals and shake out your hair
It’s torn where you’re dancing, it’s torn everywhere

 

Ivor Steven (c)  Nov 2019

 

 

 

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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.

37 thoughts on “Tonight, I Hear A Light”

    1. Yes Sue !!, I interpret as a very spiritual commentary piece, about Jesus, why did he have leave us, and so many deep comments where our world was and where we are now….. totally fascinating… play it again and again, and read it again and again…. and you’ll really see the light of what he’s saying… xxxx…. or maybe this damn headache is just fogging my eyes…….

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      1. I can agree with you on this, there are a couple of writers I connect to where I can add to their post in a meaningful way. I start writing a comment then it turns into a post. I believe those who are tuned into the ALL find their inspiration everywhere, it just flows naturally in their unique way, none are the same but beautifully expressed.

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    1. Thank you dear Kim. This is a post that I’m privileged to be able to share with as many readers as possible. The insightful wisdom of Leonard Cohen’s words during his time of finality are profoundly beautiful

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    1. Thank you Mona, .. is that in Leonard’s poem, maybe these lines, which are, epically beautiful
      “The sea rushes home to its thimble of mist
      The opposites falter, the spirals reverse
      And Eve must re-enter the sleep of her birth”

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  1. This moved me to tears.
    Mr. Cohen wrote of One who gave us so much…and, yet, humanity has changed so little. Maybe it’s time for leaders and others to heed his words.
    And there are very few songwriters, today, like Mr. Cohen. His words touched the heart, mind, and soul…and could cause positive change.
    (((HUGS)))
    PS…sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to commenting. I have been so busy with the holiday week…and the next few days will be even busier. But, fun fun FUN busy! 😀

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