We got it darker

Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

Godfather of gloom
left our waiting room
just that bit darker today
an overnight train
his secret campaign
barely a hint of delay

gruffly debonair
poems as prayer
time now for sackcloth and ash
those burnt cigarettes
paint sad silhouettes
finer than eyeline and lash

songs written in stone
old suits are outgrown
armistice silence began
angels passover
naked in clover
brought death to a ladies’ man

Gayle’s DVerse prompt is the poetry form ‘Alouette‘ [5/a;5/a;7/b;5/c;5/c;7;b] This ‘skylark’ meter is perhaps too light and airy for a requiem to Leonard Cohen but could not let his passing today go unmarked by me

16 thoughts on “We got it darker

    1. No doubt his absence will inspire like the years of hearing his presence – coming over to read yours Tish

  1. I think the form supported your poem beautifully, Laura. This is a wonderful tribute to a most exceptional man. Thanks for joining in with the prompt!

      1. You’re welcome and you’re not the only one that finds forms “alien”, Laura, but it’s fun to give them a try when you’re in the mood. I’m glad you joined in, thanks!

    1. only had a hint of his imminent demise with that final letter to Marianne in July:
      “Well, Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and 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 you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and for your wisdom … but now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”

    1. thanks Bryan – am sure will do another more aptly perhaps like the crow rather than a skylark

    1. well observed! the Buddhist Mr Cohen will be making his way through the next darkness -“that’s how the light gets in”

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