Never Expected

Leonard Cohen 1934 - 2016

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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