MERCY RETURNS ME

A woman I want —
An honour I covet —
A place where I want my mind to dwell —
Then Mercy returns me
To the triad
And the crisis of the song.

SWEET TIME

How sweet time feels
when it’s too late

and you don’t have to follow
her swinging hips

all the way into
your dying imagination

THE FLOOD

The flood it is gathering
Soon it will move
Across every valley
Against every roof
The body will drown
And the soul will break loose
I write all this down
But I don’t have the proof

Sinai, 1973

  — Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian poet, novelist and singer-songwriter.