AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Tribute to Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne"

To me, Leonard Cohen's song Suzanne reaches into the secret darkness of the yearning soul.
It speaks to the physical, spiritual and social conscience.

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Poetry Pantry #57

Among the sensual secrets of the soul is a longing to
An eternal flagon of

On the bank
The river bank
Tea and oranges
Earthy heavenly juices
Wines from
A river of
Real diamonds and

And there too is a new Siren
A blind girl
Blind to synthetic social scaffolding
A gypsy
A matchmaker
Humble heroes and
Seaweed from
Children and

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signed...bkm said...

I remember the song..long before I even knew who Cohen was...your take is excellent...tea and oranges come all the way from china...what a line...blessings...bkm

Christine said...

Glad someone else finds Suzanne intriguing. Nice.

Jingle Poetry said...


Good Evening:

How divine when you come to poetry potluck,

Week 43 is free verse week, submit 1 to 3 random poems, enjoy the fun!

Hope to see you tonight.


Isabel said...


hedgewitch said...

That song is part of the happiest time of my life, and the saddest. Your poem is a lively tribute.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

And it's so romantic, too! :)

My first, and always my favourite Cohen song. (Though Hallelujah runs it close.)

Jo Bryant said...


Kavita said...

A perfect tribute this is!! So beautifully written... *sigh*
Really loved the last stanza!!

Shashi said...

I have loved Leonard Cohen... thanks for reminding me of him again... and your verse beautifully compliments his memory...

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