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Never Expected

Leonard Cohen 1934 (Westmount) – 2016 (Los Angeles, California)



Never expected
to be loved at all
for salvaging Sex
and blunting the Fall

for salvaging Sex
from out of the books
(the authors perplexed
by Love´s ravaged looks)

for salvaging Sex
from all kinds of blame
and giving it back
it´s very good Name

for salvaging Sex
from I don´t know where
If I knew the tricks
it wouldn´t be fair

It wouldn´t be fair
to be wise and sane
and make the world care
if I came back again

I´ve worked at my work
I´ve slept at my sleep
I´ve died at my death
and now I can leave

leave what is needed
and leave what is full
Need in the Spirit
and need in the Hole

Beloved, I´m yours
as I´ve always been
from marrow to pore
from longing to skin

Now that my mission
has come to its end:
pray I´m forgiven
the life that I´ve led

The Body I chased
It chased me as well
My longing´s a place
My dying a sail
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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Norman Cohen was a highly gifted and varied writer — novelist, playright, songwriter and poet. He was already quite famous as a poet before embarking on a music career as a singer-songwriter. He is generally considered to be one of the greatest songwriters of all time, and his songs have been recorded by countless other performers. Born in Montreal, Canada, in 1934, Cohen had a long and productive career. He was working right up to his death, in 2016 at the age of 82. more…

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