Leonard Cohen







This is my work. Writing is my work...
                       ...and in your work you locate your self respect

                                                                          Leonard Cohen



You opened your eyes to the world
And translated that to soulful words
that touched the hearts

Like a Bird of Wire


"Like a bird on the wire, 
Like a drunk in a midnight choir 
I have tried in my way to be free."


Thank you Leonard Cohen. For words.


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For dVerse. Thank you Mary.


Wind of History by Jacek Yerka

I think of the difficult times and sometimes, disappointment that Leonard Cohen went through earlier in life. From this he drew words from a place he said he knew not. Isn't this a wonderful inspiration to all writers as we write with passion and love for the written word, not knowing where they came from. Finding out in the end, it was well worth the pain, the time, the paper they were written on.

from suffering and pain
a tortured place, haunted
came the gift of words
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My tribute to Cohen continues on the Magpie Tales





49 comments:

  1. a nice tribute to cohen...he was magic with the words...i think another said it was less magic and more real...and i get that too...smiles...nice ninot

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    1. Less magic and more real...Oh yes, Brian.

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  2. Wow, wow, wow!!!!! I hope everyone who visits your site will view that video. I had never seen it before. So true that in your work you locate your self respect. I am just in awe of everything about Leonard. Thank you for sharing this video and your words. Yes, thank you, Leonard Cohen, for your words!! And thank you, Ninotaziz!

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    1. I am happy you loved the video - it was such a fitting tribute by SCHF. I love the fact that Cohen is from Montreal, a city of such juxtaposition of modern times, old world and jazzy classiness. A city makes a man, I feel. (Maybe I am just partial to Oh ! Canada)

      Oh his words....

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  3. I just watched this again. I am sobbing here. I cannot remember when I have been moved so very deeply! Leonard is coming to my city, Milwaukee, in March. I doubt if I will see him...but I would love to. Thank you again for this.

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    1. Dear Mary,
      I am glad I could introduce this video. When asked of his favorite ... Prince Charles said this of Leonard Cohen..

      There is this wonderful chap, Leonard Cohen. He is a remarkable man. His orchestration is fantastic. The words, the lyrics. He is incredible, his voice has this this laid-back gravelly voice...

      Leonard Cohen is so humble, he seems truly touched that his words touched so many.

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  4. translating life into words...i like that...and he did translate well...always with his own accent and view..which makes it all the more special

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    1. Thank you Claudia. He did it his way for sure!

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  5. writing is a victory over suffering -cohen =)

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    1. The more we learn about Cohen, the more incredible and wonderful he is. To know him, is to love him.

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  6. I think we draw from that pain... it can never be forgotten.

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  7. Reclaiming yourself, finding oneself after pain and sorrow. That's humanity. No wonder only beauty came out of it. Thanks Laurie.

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  8. Oh this is wonderful! "Thank you for words!" Yes. And thank YOU, Ninot, for being who you are- very lovely.

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    1. Sherry, I am so glad you got to see this. Isn't Leonard Cohen wonderful?

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    1. I am beginning to appreciate Cohen more and more. Thanks, Anthony.

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    1. Yes, 5th Horseman. I can see you loving his atmospheric writing...Thank you for dropping by.

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  11. thank you for your words! Bravo!

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  12. Love Leonard Cohen...nice tribute...

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    1. Somehow Tess, the image you chose just screamed Cohen to me. He would surely have a melancholic piece to go with it.

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    2. Another thing Tess, his voice is reminiscent of RAD, don't you think so?

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  13. Interesting write about Cohen and the suffering poet. As for me, I'd like to do a little less suffering and invite more momentary joy into my life. I'm about due. You? :-)

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    1. I smiled from ear to ear. Oh yes, I agree with you heartily, Shers, I am about due too. And it being the Year of the Snake, maybe some of that Chinese luck would come my way!

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    2. I only have one over sixteeth or less of Chinese ancestry in me, but it should count for something.

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  14. I love Leonard Cohen's music and words. It is a mystery...where the words come from but I think it is all worth it in the end. Thanks for this one!

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    1. The music stays with you a loooong time, Yvonne. You are welcome!

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  15. Ninot Ma'am,
    The patience and the persistence are only felt by the writer. But the goodness and enjoyment by the readers. Even then it is still great to be a writer than a reader despite the sweat and tears as long as passion helps. Great words!

    Hank

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  16. I just bought a book of his poems - and have several of his dvds. One of my favorites, for sure. Great post!

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    1. Dear TW,

      I need to get a book of Cohen too!

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    1. Thank you Madeleine. Cohen and Mary inspired me. And the video brought it together.

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  18. I enjoyed being reminded that Cohen is one of the great ones; thanks.

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    1. I am glad Berowne. Sometimes we forget.

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    1. Thank you dear Sue Ann. Glad you made your way here.

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    2. He is pretty amazing, yet as he is not main stream, sometimes we lose him from the radar of vision.

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  20. Amazing video .. 'he gets inside your brain' ~~ yes, now and forever.

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    1. I loved the video too Helen, and it sort of inspired the whole post with a huge nudge from Mary.

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  21. Leonard Cohen is a favorite of mine. I was introduced to his work by my first love. It's the best thing I took with me from that relationship.

    =)

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  22. A beautiful and inspiring tribute Ninot.....thank you so much for this.....simply beautiful....i will carry this with me all week long! :-)

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    1. Thank you, my loveliest friend. Take care, Carrie!

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  23. Perhaps bright red poppies will spring from the gory blood and bone ?

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