top of page

Poets Corner: The Book Of Longing by Leonard Cohen


The Book of Longing

I can't make the hills The system is shot I'm living on pills For which I thank G-d

I followed the course From chaos to art Desire the horse Depression the cart

I sailed like a swan I sank like a rock But time is long gone Past my laughing stock

My page was too white My ink was too thin The day wouldn't write What the night pencilled in

My animal howls My angel's upset But I'm not allowed A trace of regret

For someone will use What I couldn't be My heart will be hers Impersonally

She'll step on the path She'll see what I mean My will cut in half And freedom between

For less than a second Our lives will collide The endless suspended The door open wide

Then she will be born To someone like you What no one has done She'll continue to do

I know she is coming I know she will look And that is the longing And this is the book


The book of longing, leonard cohen, howl magazine, nyc, chelsea hotel, train, 1970s, 1980s, poetry, full poem, beat generation,

2 Comments


Hello! I am delighted with your poetry. I was very interested to read it. The verses delve into the struggles and challenges faced, expressed through vivid metaphors and poetic imagery. In our life we have to face a lot of problems. I was able to solve one urgent problem forever https://www.masterpapers.com/research-papers-for-sale thanks to the excellent service. The opening lines capture a sense of defeat or disillusionment, as the speaker acknowledges the difficulty of navigating life's obstacles. The mention of relying on pills suggests a coping mechanism, a way to endure the hardships.

Like

Despite several hurdles, I was able to finish my research paper with the help of a nursing writing service https://nursingwriting.org/nursing-assignment/. I was able to drastically reduce my stress levels after receiving academic support from the writing professionals. In addition to the paper's overall excellent quality, their meticulous attention to meeting nursing-specific standards astounded me. Offering my honest suggestion to other nursing students warms my heart.

Like
bottom of page