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Book of Longing

by Leonard Cohen

Hardcover, 231 pages, Harpercollins, List Price: $24.95 |


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Brings together a new collection of poetry and original line drawing illustrations by the Canadian poet.

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Book of Longing

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Leonard Cohen
All right reserved.

ISBN: 006112558X

The Book of Longing

I can't make the hills
The system is shot
I'm living on pills
For which I thank G-d

I followed the course
From chaos to art
Desire the horse
Depression the cart

I sailed like a swan
I sank like a rock
But time is long gone
Past my laughing stock

My page was too white
My ink was too thin
The day wouldn't write
What the night pencilled in

My animal howls
My angel's upset
But I'm not allowed
A trace of regret

For someone will use
What I couldn't be
My heart will be hers

She'll step on the path
She'll see what I mean
My will cut in half
And freedom between

For less than a second
Our lives will collide
The endless suspended
The door open wide

Then she will be born
To someone like you
What no one has done
She'll continue to do

I know she is coming
I know she will look
And that is the longing
And this is the book