Welcome to Your Song — A Community Collaboration! On March 2, By DanicaPicheIn Creative Writing & Music Mash-Up

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For the readers that know me, they’ll be saying, “Of course Ivor will be writing about Leonard Cohen as his favourite singer/songwriter”. And that’s so true. I’ve actually never written an article about Leonard Cohen, and I’m feeling quite apprehensive about doing so. I’m thinking that what ever I try to say, will be totally inadequate to do justice to my  inspiration, my saviour, my source of solace through troubled times, and my soothsayer in everything that I try to achieve in my writings. The featured photo above is of my first two Vinyl LP’s by Leonard. On the right, “Songs Of Leonard Cohen” 1967, and on the left, the famous photo of Marianne on the cover of his second Album, “Songs From A Room” 1969. Marianne died 3 months before Leonard Cohen, and here is a piece of what he wrote to her just before she passed.   “our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.” * And below the return letter, that was published on The Leonard Cohen Facebook site, after he had passed, November 7th 2019.

*Wikipedia, Leonard Cohen.

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And now I’m feeling quite emotional, and all my friends on WordPress will be saying, “Ivor will be crying now”, and yes, they’re right too. Best I move on to a few of my favourite songs(all his songs are my favourites), from his first LP, “One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong”

And I think it’s appropriate that I choose a song from his last Album, which was released only a month before Leonard passed at the age of 83, “You Want It Darker”, and the stand-out track for me is, “If I Didn’t Have Your Love”, the lyrics are superbly sublime.

There’s so much more I would like to write, but I’ll leave that up to the Biographers. I shall mention a favourite poem of mine, also written by Leonard late in his life, a reasonably long poem, but well worth the read, “Happens To The Heart” . https://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/happens.html    . In closing below is an article, also posted on The Leonard Cohen Facebook site, by his son Adam.   And a big thank you to Danica for giving me the opportunity/prompt to present a post about Leonard Cohen.

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Hold Me.

Take me to my home.

Home is where my heart is.

Home’s on that windy hill.

Above a secret valley.

Hovering, a heavenly cloud.

Take me to my home.

I’m waiting here alone.

All packed ready to go.

Vacating this old place.

Leaving this world behind.

Take me to my home.

The beyond will be greener.

I know you’ll be there.

You’ve been waiting so long.

I know you’ll hold me again.

Hold me in our home.

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Ivor Steven (c)  2018.

Pumpkin Soup Again

Head’s falling like an unpinned grenade.

Soon ready to explode.

Burying shrapnel pieces in corners of shade.

Scattered like broken retina globes.

Razor blades shredding memory lockets.

Slivered icicles inside blurry sockets.

Needles of pain.

Sheets of sleet before the rain.

Bloodied eyeball tracks like meteor trails.

And the pain numbing capsules do fail.

Oh please, blindly needing to set sail.

Upon swirling Oceans, like Homer’s tales.

 

Ivor Steven (c)  2018

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Beyond Sunset

Gradually the dying moonlight awakened my dawn.

And the baptizing sunrise watered my eyes.

Drowning the working hours of my shallow day.

Dampening fiery thoughts of playing in the hay.

 

Dusk hazily shrouds my cemetery lawn.

And the rituals of sunset beckon my daily plight.

Flailing and falling upon sleepless night.

Finally laying prone under my weighted crown.

 

Ivor Steven (c)  2018

My Lost Sock, A Christmas Story

I’ve written this piece to be included in a charity book, for the “Black Dog Institute” here in Australia. The book is to be called, “My Lost Sock”, and every story in the charity book will be an anecdote about “My Lost Sock”.  The Black Dog Institute, is a not-for-profit facility for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Depression and Bipolar disorder.

My Lost Sock

A Christmas Story

I’m a hand knitted woollen sock.

Here’s my story from year dot.

In the beginning.

I started as a piece of spinning.

The wool off a sheep’s back.

An odd colour of brownie-black.

Being spun into dark twines.

On a wheel from olden times.

Craftily hand knitted.

Lovingly, soon to be gifted.

There were two of us.

We were like knitted twins.

Righty and Lefty.

And of course I’m Righty.

Our gorgeous red-haired spinner and knitter.

Had dutifully finished.

Cheerfully folded and wrapped.

In colourful paper and flower strap.

A fabulous Christmas present.

For her husband’s aged parent.

Soon it was Christmas day.

Everyone’s jolly, merry and gay.

Drinking red wine, local Cabernet.

Eating fish, caught in a nearby bay.

And presents opening time began.

Families smiled and sang.

We’re sitting on Pop’s lap.

Gently and slowly unwrapped.

Pop proudly exclaims and holds us up.

“Look here, see what I’ve got”.

Suddenly Pop throws Lefty into the corner.

And I’m left dangling like “Little Jack Horner”

There’s much laughter and jokes.

Kids come over and give me a friendly poke.

Poor discarded Lefty, on the floor with no folks.

While I’m up here being kindly stroked.

There’s more giggles, they’re all staring at me.

Pop’s grinning from ear to ear.

Wriggling in his wheelchair to loud cheers.

Oh, my discovery, Pop’s left leg’s missing below his knee.

900 Followers and Counting . . . Time for a GIVEAWAY!

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Thank you to all of my followers who have made this possible!

I started this blog in October 2017 and as of today, I have reached 900+ followers!

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This is such a huge accomplishment for me! I want to give a special shout out to those followers who I engage with every week! So to those who are regularly stopping by, liking, and leaving a comment, (you know who you are):

Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!

Now, that I’ve hit the 900s, I want to host my first-ever Giveaway! That’s right, I’m going to reach for the stars and attempt to hit that 1,000 mark! Here’s how it will work!

Giveaway Prize:

  • In keeping with my love of The Hunger Games trilogy, I will be mailing out a brand new box-set, containing all three books to the winner of this Giveaway! This box set includes The Hunger Games, Catching…

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