Leonard Cohen – Poem

Poem ("I heard of a man ...") from "Let Us Compare Mythologies"

I heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.

If I am dumb beside your body
while silence blossoms like tumors on our lips.
it is because I hear a man climb stairs and clear his throat outside the door.

In "Six Montreal Poets" album, Leonard Cohen reads the following poems (recorded in 1957): For Wilf and his house (1955) | Beside the shepherd (1956) | Poem (1955) | Lovers (1955) | The sparrows (1955) | Warning (1956) | Les Vieus (1954) | Elegy (1955).  All poems are from "Let Us Compare Mythologies"

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