“Let us die to make things cheap”

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Leonard Cohen has given us some memorable quotes in his long history.

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”

In the week’s New Yorker, Cohen has a poem and the feeling it evokes makes it memorable. You know the way you always remember where you were when a single event happened?

I won’t forget today’s Summer solstice after reading this poem.

It has a WOW Factor!

STEER YOUR WAY

 

Steer your way through the ruins of the Altar and the Mall

Steer your way through the fables of Creation and the Fall

Steer your way past the Palaces that rise above the rot

Year by year

Month by month

Day by day

Thought by thought

 

Steer your heart past the Truth you believed in yesterday

Such as Fundamental Goodness and the Wisdom of the Way

Steer your heart, precious heart, past the women whom you bought

Year by year

Month by month

Day by day

Thought by thought

 

Steer your path through the pain that is far more real than you

That has smashed the Cosmic Model, that has blinded every View

And please don’t make me go there, though there be a God or not

Year by year

Month by month

Day by day

Thought by thought

 

They whisper still, the injured stones, the blunted mountains weep

As he died to make men holy, let us die to make things cheap

And say the Mea Culpa, which you’ve gradually forgot

Year by year

Month by month

Day by day

Thought by thought

 

Steer your way, O my heart, though I have no right to ask

To the one who was never never equal to the task

Who knows he’s been convicted, who knows he will be shot

Year by year

Month by month

Day by day

Thought by thought

 

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