Thursday, January 28, 2010

I edit for a living. I can’t help it. I edited this. Leonard, don’t get mad.

Leonard Cohen

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat.
I’m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet,
Who loved you with his frozen love
His second-hand physique -
With all he is, and all he was
A thousand kisses deep.

Pressed against
The limits of the sea:
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me.
We made it to the forward deck
I blessed our remnant fleet -
And then consented to be wrecked
A thousand kisses deep.

I know you had to lie to me,
I know you had to cheat.
But the Means no longer guarantee
The Virtue in Deceit.
That truth is bent, that beauty spent,
That style is obsolete -
Ever since the Holy Spirit went
A thousand kisses deep.

(So what about this Inner Light
That’s boundless and unique?
I’m slouching through another night
A thousand kisses deep.)

(And fragrant is the thought of you)

And now you are the Angel Death
And now the Paraclete;
And now you are the Savior's Breath
And now the Belsen heap.
No turning from the threat of love,
No transcendental leap -
As witnessed here in time and blood
A thousand kisses deep.


  1. I edited it. But I did not write it. I wish I had. :)

  2. Yeah, I just saw the title and author at the top...missed that one the first time ;-)

    It's beautiful, nonetheless.

  3. Oh, my word. Both are beautiful. Nice editing, too. :-)