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Great men talking: Leonard Cohen’s: Prince Of Asturias Award Speech (Quote: “Poetry comes from a place that no one commands, that no one conquers.”


Leonard Cohen‘s Prince Of Asturias Speech – No Overdubbing

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The Letters: Leonard Cohen



The Letters
, by Leonard Cohen

You never liked to get
The letters that I sent.
But now you’ve got the gist
Of what my letters meant.
You’re reading them again,
The ones you didn’t burn.
You press them to your lips,
My pages of concern.
I said there’d been a flood.
I said there’s nothing left.
I hoped that you would come.
I gave you my address.
Your story was so long,
The plot was so intense,
It took you years to cross
The lines of self-defense.
The wounded forms appear:
The loss, the full extent;
And simple kindness here,
The solitude of strength.
You walk into my room.
You stand there at my desk,
Begin your letter to
The one who’s coming next.

Thank you for enriching  human language with the feelings and thoughts, so hard to put in words by so many! 

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