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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Can I start a review with "Damn, I miss ..." and yes -- if anyone can make you think and wonder and feel, it's Leonard Cohen.

Posted 4 Months Ago

Loved every bit of it. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece of writing.

Posted 5 Months Ago

dear Chris... there will never be another poet quite like Leonard Cohen... I adore his song, Hallelujah. It has so many layers of comprehension. Hope this belated review finds you mellow and content. truly, Pat

Posted 7 Months Ago


7 Months Ago

He had his way of touching behind my eyes - tone, words, AND physical expressions...
i love reading this; so much to think about, the feelings/emotions in the memories brought to us by music. nice one!

Posted 7 Months Ago


7 Months Ago

I was born "old" as well... come by anytime
Real thought provoking piece. A journey through your words with much to reflect on.

Posted 7 Months Ago


7 Months Ago

Hi Remi...I appreciate your pausing here.
Leonard Cohen has always been my favourite man, a genius in his way of expressing just about everything.

yet he was humble, quiet and very generous of himself ... I adored and still do his poems , music and books

Posted 7 Months Ago


7 Months Ago

His was a special talent that persists well after...
This is magniff, I truly enjoyed the ending a lot.
I found this write profound and intriguing.

Posted 8 Months Ago


8 Months Ago

I hope you find more of mine to pause with and listen to...
Oh the eternity of the unfound minute that lures and comforts our soul...the common goal among a few if only I knew I’d share it with you.. really stirs the depth of knowing yet not quite/ unable to reach..maybe one day..lovely words🌹

Posted 8 Months Ago


8 Months Ago

One day perhaps we'll share that thought.
Chris, your version, “both sad and sweet” erupts rapturously from your heart and soul. As uplifting as Cohen’s is mournful....both are personal, musical journeys in life and time and memory imprinting images of the immediacy and rawness of emotion.....the good and the bad, the best of times and the worst of times...the abiding and redeeming love holding it all together. “I paused and listened to Leonard Cohen”...and learned transcendence. Thank you for this beautiful poem/song. Cohen would be proud.

Posted 8 Months Ago

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Added on January 16, 2018
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