“Villanelle For Our Time”


These are thoughts we need to keep in our hearts and minds every single day. Thank you, Ivor at Ivor.Plumber/Poet!

Ivor.Plumber/Poet

“Villanelle For Our Time”
Dear readers, if you are inclined, please read this magnificent piece, written by Leonard Cohen, a truly inspiring poem, displaying all of his brilliant craftsmanship.

From bitter searching of the heart,
Quickened with passion and with pain
We rise to play a greater part.
This is the faith from which we start:
Men shall know commonwealth again
From bitter searching of the heart.
We loved the easy and the smart,
But now, with keener hand and brain,
We rise to play a greater part.
The lesser loyalties depart,
And neither race nor creed remain
From bitter searching of the heart.
Not steering by the venal chart
That tricked the mass for private gain,
We rise to play a greater part.
Reshaping narrow law and art
Whose symbols are the millions slain,
From bitter searching of the heart
We rise to play a greater part.

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  1. The word ‘genius’ is thrown around far too easily, but LC really deserves to be called that. I’m a big Bob Dylan fan but I think they gave the Nobel Prize to the wrong one.

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