Leonard Cohen's Cousin

Leonard Cohen's Cousin

A Poem by ba_mcfarlane

Leonard Cohen's Cousin

I  wish I was
Leonard Cohen's cousin
In old Montreal
Housed adjacent to cobbled roads 
Laid down by Norman artisans
Centuries ago
He could have taught to me
Much more
Than ever else
I would know

I heard that Leonard
Even he couldn't take 
Much more
He's hiding in retreat 
At some fadish ashram
On that California shore

Too much bullshit and his
Wrong kind of sins
The last straw was
Some f*****g PR star
Hired to say
To Leonard
At 5k a day

Where Leonard's career is going
Where his karma has been
Pontificating on
What is out 
As opposed to
What is in

I wish Leonard Cohen was here
Just me and just him
We could laugh and drink lager
Dance on the tables
Seduce beauteous women
Wielding but poetry 
And impish grins

Because you only live once
Leonard Cohen knows that
I learned it from him.

© 2013 ba_mcfarlane



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A wonderful tribute to a great poet. Yes, spending time with him would be a special experience. Poetry and impish grins.....indeed. If Leonard Cohen knew how many people he taught important life lessons to, he would be grinning from on high. I enjoyed this. Lydi**

Posted 2 Years Ago


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ba_mcfarlane

2 Years Ago

Thank you for such generous words! I love the man's music and poetry. I wish I could write like that.. read more



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A wonderful tribute to a great poet. Yes, spending time with him would be a special experience. Poetry and impish grins.....indeed. If Leonard Cohen knew how many people he taught important life lessons to, he would be grinning from on high. I enjoyed this. Lydi**

Posted 2 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ba_mcfarlane

2 Years Ago

Thank you for such generous words! I love the man's music and poetry. I wish I could write like that.. read more
Leonard Cohen was not a poet that I was very familiar with, Brian, so I just read some of his poetry and I found I did know at least some of his work. Of course, "Suzanne" is a classic - I believe it's a song as well as a poem. And "The Sisters of Mercy" touched me deeply because I was taught by that order in College. So, yes, now I can see why you would want to spend some time with him and I don't blame you at all. And we used to live in Vermont so I became quite familiar with Montreal - a very beautiful and historic city. You have written a wonderful tribute to a very gifted poet, Brian.

Posted 5 Years Ago


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ba_mcfarlane

5 Years Ago

Thank you for the kind words and review....b
OMG if you were Leonard's cousin, I'd love you! He is my favorite poet of all time...it wouldn't have mattered is this write was bad, I was still going to relish in it, but as it turns out, kudos sir, very good read...did I mention how much I love Cohen?

Posted 5 Years Ago


ba_mcfarlane

5 Years Ago

I have loved Leonard's work for decades, I always figured it was a Canadian thing, so many great wri.. read more
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Oh, I really like this, Brian! What a great writing and tribute to Leonard. I enjoyed reading this very much. And although it is definitely a "guy's stanza" I love the second to last! Great job!

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ba_mcfarlane

5 Years Ago

Jeez,in this part of the world, lager is great, women with spirit are better! What man wouldn't want.. read more
Emerald Seas

5 Years Ago

Haha - let me know when the guys are dancing on table ops. That would be a sight to see :)
ba_mcfarlane

5 Years Ago

Ask me..I double dare you!!
great verse...but tense and who or what it is adveb to?..
"Housed adjacent to cobbled roads

Laid down by Norman artisans

Centuries ago

He could have taught to me

Much more

Than ever else

I would know"

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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ba_mcfarlane

6 Years Ago

I figure that if I know all the rules, it's ok to break whatever, as long as the piece feels good to.. read more
Larry Dyson

6 Years Ago

I agree im "into- being out of the box" as well
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Where Leonard's career is going

Where his karma has been

Pontificating on

What is out

As opposed to

What is in"--nice

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ba_mcfarlane

6 Years Ago

thank you
You could spend the night beside him and you know that he is half crazy, but that's why you want to be there. I so agree. There must be a name for a poem about a poet. Some of his lines have lived with me for three quarters of my life. And its funny when they come up.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

when i was growing up, my poetry world revolved around Leonard Cohen's Selected Poems, Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Coney Island of the Mind, and assorted e.e. cummings poems. i totally understand the reverence and respect you show for leonard in this. it brought an understanding smile to my lips.


Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ba_mcfarlane

6 Years Ago

I can think of nothing better than drinking my face off with Cohen, until "closing Time." Which is 5.. read more
I wish you were both here! I've been reading your latest and enjoying. Except for the Ma Belle Femme Du Nord....I was jealous with that one...blondes DO have more fun!!! Its just that your writing provides a vision that we would all adore living....Brian, really, Ma Belle Femme Du Nord is WAY passed an exquisite vision ..it is a classic read and so wonderfully human and warm..what more beautiful than a soft woman offering a place for all you have to share...almost too beautiful if that is possible...

Posted 6 Years Ago


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ba_mcfarlane

6 Years Ago

Such kind words, my dear friend.
O' dear poet, how I do love how you dwell in the perfect past! ~such an amazing write.... I cheers, and hear the notes..... wonderful write!

E.L.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ba_mcfarlane

6 Years Ago

I have loved Leonard's work for many years, pure genius. Myself, I have danced on too many tables to.. read more

6 Years Ago

Lol I smile
ba_mcfarlane

6 Years Ago

So sweet, thank you my dear friend.

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Mitchell, SW Ontario, Canada



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