“The sky…wants the whole man lost in his story, abandoned in the mechanics of action, touching his fellows, leaving them, hunting the steps, dancing the old circles.” Leonard Cohen Talks About Hydra

From “Here Was The Harbour” by Leonard Cohen, published in Parasites of Heaven (1966). The final verse of this prose poem follows:

 

Give what you want to the gulls, the sky is not satisfied with the smudges of your character. It demands stories; of men the sky demands all manner of stories, entertainments, embroideries, just as it does of its stars and constellations. The sky does not care for this trait or that affliction, it wants the whole man lost in his story, abandoned in the mechanics of action, touching his fellows, leaving them, hunting the steps, dancing the old circles. The sky wants diagrams of our lives, it stores them like little curious wrist-watches, they are our wedding gifts.

 

Hydra photo by Lennard Torbijn

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Sep 4, 2018.

One thought on ““The sky…wants the whole man lost in his story, abandoned in the mechanics of action, touching his fellows, leaving them, hunting the steps, dancing the old circles.” Leonard Cohen Talks About Hydra

  1. Hi Allan,
    You are a class act!
    What if an old patient happens to crawl onto your website on the anniversary date (5.1.79) of your meeting.
    What do you do?
    You send a few deep thoughts from Leonard Cohen, the Kiekegaard of balladeers.
    And then the next morning there are four more!
    And the following morning there are still more!
    Stop little bot. stop.
    Until 5.1.24
    But, take care.

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