A Poem by Chris

You pick your version cause this is mine.



- you pick your version

cause this is mine.


I paused and listened to Leonard Cohen a bit and then found some other "old friends"... 


I visited some thoughts

seemingly unbidden -

paused with tears and smiles

…memories - some both sad and sweet,

others - well, their echoes seemed to fill the air,

the mind, the heart

with moments never lost

…just paused in time.


You get touched by so much.

so many, …so often -

in ways you didn't recognize would come

and life flies in ways you never believed

could pass …or ever be again.


And you find tears in the comfort

of arms' memories that haven't ceased


(if only in your mind)

your heart and all that makes you

who you are

…as smiles' ghost your lips

and haunt your mind.


Eventually eyes’ vision

and world’s sounds return and you


…and breathe…

and sometimes the tears cease

and sometimes they still just …silently flow -

and you never know which ‘til

you’re paused in THAT moment

and soooo very …aware

of just where you were just a life’s-time ago.


I paused and listened to Leonard Cohen,

damn… damn…

…just listened was all.



© 2018 Chris

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Well, your's is not a bad version of 'Hallelujah'. A very reflective poem, with an honest and balanced account of what life is like.I think Cohen's singing of the song is the best .. and I detect the 'cynicism' there, if only in his voice. May you have many more of life's memories!

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Music so often fills the spaces between lines of words. Like you, i love listening to music, especially late at night

Hallelujah is as near an anthem a song can be: written by a poet who knew his own mind, rarely apologising for his flaws. His lyrics embrace such deep emotions about love, failure, regret, courage and human weakness The song, the singer, carries the listener to a space high in the sky.. as often does your writing, Chris.

You've shown so much emotion and wonderment, sadness and adventure in your post, memories nostalgic, fragile, yet keen, love that lasts, that holds, that hides. Have you recorded this poem?

Posted 4 Weeks Ago

Chris, an incredible poem that illustrates the power of music, even expressed in a printed poem. I'm not a Cohen fan, and I still get it. I listen to music two to four hours every day, and most of the time I'm thinking about something in history related to the song or artist. Thanks for this one.

Posted 4 Weeks Ago


4 Weeks Ago

Welcome to WC... thanks for pausing here and for speaking up...
when the Muse stops to listen . . . your thoughts come from such a deep place. We are honored to share them.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 Month Ago

We touch as we are touched...
Leonard Cohen is my favorite version of the song of legend. I was lucky. I saw him in concert in 1978 and 1979 in Germany. I liked all his song. Last music of the Poet of song was deep and honest. Thank you Chris for sharing your poetry and thoughts.

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 Month Ago

Memories live on inside us.
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

I still use Leonard Cohen, Johnnie Cash and the old songs as my muse. I agree.
What a thoughtful presentation of your take on Cohen's work. I have heard many interpretations by numerous artists. Honestly I think they'd actually have to try to screw it up.

Take care - Dave

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 Month Ago

Thanks Dave, you take care as well...
well..i choose Leonard's version any moment at all... i love reading this out loud..so appreciate the form that gives pauses and silences and tempo changes with better clarity ..or maybe its just my imagination ...sparked by your poem ;) i think ""Hallelujah..." is a keeper and one to read in broader exposure things ... hats off my friend ..you closing confuses a bit for me...is it damn damn ..here i go again on that memory ride ...or damn damn ... all i could do was listen and the magick was not repeated .. ;) pretty satisfying read for me

Posted 1 Month Ago


1 Month Ago

The closing is a mood - and they always swing like doors caught in a breath of life ...don't they..... read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Month Ago

hm yes they do ..good morning to you too sir ..so glad to be getting to know you as the days roll on.. read more
Wow..I'll be hearing Hallelujah all night..

Versions, we all have one
I was thinking of mine
after I read yours..

Touching .. honest .. tender .. real

Smiles and Tears.


Posted 1 Month Ago


1 Month Ago

Hell of a night huh... sigh.
J. J.  Nightingale

1 Month Ago

Almost morning for you .. why are we still up? Ha.
Potions await .. Good Night Chris !
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Beautifully written. There is so much wisdom within this poem. Hallelujah is one of my favorite songs, and I definitely enjoyed reading your version of it.


Posted 1 Month Ago


1 Month Ago

"Winter melts the soul ...ya know?"

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Added on January 16, 2018
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