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by mat james
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels
Replies: 64
Views: 16201

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels

Why do you care about your "standing"?
Keep doing what you do. Honesty and bravery will get you "there" .
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by mat james
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: THE FLAME - news and information
Topic: The Flame-discussion thread
Replies: 9
Views: 1346

Re: The Flame-discussion thread

I received "The Flame" for Christmas, from my flame. :) I enjoyed reading all the comments above in this thread, positive and negative and neutral...and all are valid for this Leonard Fan 8) I have noticed a few other "things" also, but I am still mulling and sauntering through it all, ruminating, I...
by mat james
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album
Replies: 9
Views: 732

Re: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album

Hi Diane, Lizzy and Jean... Thanks for saying hello and connecting. Lizzy, the "cowboy" did not have the joy of riding the red sand in my old blue ute; I did not know him then and I suppose he was off on his own adventures. We only connected in recent times and it was our bush experiences that aided...
by mat james
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album
Replies: 9
Views: 732

Re: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album

Thanks Diane, it is good to hear from you...and strangely enough it is nearly Christmas again...time flies, as they say. I'm not sure how or when I came by that line of Leonard's, "Say a prayer for the Cowboy", probably on the forum, but not knowing the song, at all, to my knowledge, it surprises me...
by mat james
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album
Replies: 9
Views: 732

Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album

28-11-18 Say a prayer for the cowboy Today is Wednesday. On Tuesday I found out that on Sunday a recent friend of mine was killed while riding his Harley out on a country road, virtually no traffic, just an ordinary set of circumstances and perhaps just a bit too much bravado…for the last time…but i...
by mat james
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)
Replies: 22
Views: 16142

Re: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)

“Joan of Arc, an uneducated peasant woman, about 18 years old, answers: "Si je n’y suis, que Dieu m’y mette. Si j’y suis, que Dieu m’y garde." (If I'm not in it, may God put me there. If I'm in it, may God keep me there.)… Joan of Arc has access to her real position. She does not put herself above ...
by mat james
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels
Replies: 64
Views: 16201

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels

"...grazing the impossible..."
:)
What a great phrase/description of our attempts to understand those "big questions".
I am savouring you efforts V.
Thanks.
MatbbgJ...fellow "grazer of the impossible" :)
by mat james
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels
Replies: 64
Views: 16201

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels

Hi V, It's kind of like the conversation some of us had in the other thread when we were talking about the danger of trying to over analyze Leonard's songs, and that it was like "cutting open the blackbird's throat to see what makes it sing". Psychology feels a bit to me like cutting open our brains...
by mat james
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels
Replies: 64
Views: 16201

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels

the night was soft as ashes that a moth leaves on your thumb. ...love it..., thanks for the highlight, V. A week or so ago I finished a book on "The origins and history of consciousness" by Erich Neumann (perhaps Jung's most gifted acolyte) . Great book though very heavy...it basically explains and...
by mat james
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)
Replies: 22
Views: 16142

Re: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)

This song, "You know who I am", in my opinion, is closely related to the two other songs I am looking at (lately) on the Darker album, namely 'Traveling Light' and 'If I didn't have your love'. On the 'transcendental' level the singer/writer is viewing the meaning of life and love from 'various posi...
by mat james
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: If I didn't have your love (You Want It Darker)
Replies: 1
Views: 782

Re: If I didn't have your love (You Want It Darker)

...sure it's a love song; and it's more. The 'more' that always transcends... If I Didn't Have Your Love If the sun would lose its light And we lived an endless night And there was nothing left That you could feel That’s how it would be My life would seem to me If I didn’t have your love To make it ...
by mat james
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: If I didn't have your love (You Want It Darker)
Replies: 1
Views: 782

If I didn't have your love (You Want It Darker)

https://www.poetseers.org/spiritual-and-devotional-poets/christian/teresa-of-avila/prayers-and-works/would/index.html "If I didn't have your love..." 'I would cease to be...' Take a look at the link above. I suggest that this is the lady (and the poem) who inspired this deeply beautiful song of Leon...
by mat james
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Traveling Light, with Leonard
Replies: 4
Views: 4057

Re: Traveling Light, with Leonard

St. Teresa of Avila is about to spill her beans on this "Darker" space. https://www.poetseers.org/spiritual-and-devotional-poets/christian/teresa-of-avila/prayers-and-works/would/index.html or, If I didn't have your love... to make it real. And now, back to his window while Leonard listens to this L...
by mat james
Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:06 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Traces Left Behind
Replies: 2
Views: 984

Re: Traces Left Behind

hi Jimmy, I enjoyed your take on the moment in time. Your shrouded, vestured imagery brings an element of the divine into play...and then the ambivalent cast of fellow walkers, oblivious to his presence... I really like the poem. The more I read it, the more it took me...there! ...to a western (Iris...

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