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by mat james
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

"...Keep Ithaka always in your mind. Arriving there is what you’re destined for. But don’t hurry the journey at all. Better if it lasts for years, so you’re old by the time you reach the island, wealthy with all you’ve gained on the way, not expecting Ithaka to make you rich. Ithaka gave you the mar...
by mat james
Mon Nov 16, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

Two prayers from a Cowboy ... I remember that I could not bear the pyrotechnics of human existence: how life ignited for an instant, burst in the air in a myriad of color flares, then all at once vanished. Who ignited it? Who gave it such fascination and beauty, then suddenly, pitilessly, snuffed i...
by mat james
Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

Ha! Hi B4 Somehow Leonard's Absent Mare song analysis took me to Bowies "Space Oddity" :roll: :? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRMZ_5WYmCg Buddhism ultimately leads to what might be termed "empty space" The Hebrew Bible via Job also leads to a similar "empty space" ...so somehow I ended up in Bowi...
by mat james
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

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by mat james
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

Hi B4, thanks for entering the fray, :) Some say there are instances of exchanging adjectives, interchanging gender and introducing a singular personal possessive case pronoun in the third person ;-) Ha! Well I suppose that, that is what Unity, communion and Oneness is all about! (Playing with words...
by mat james
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

"So he binds himself to the galloping mare ...and he leans on her neck and he whispers low Whither thou goest I will go ... I want to travel with you And I want to travel blind I think maybe I'll trust you ...for you've touched my perfect body with your mind. " ...and I sink beneath your wisdom like...
by mat james
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

... My heart in hiding stirred for a bird, Hopkins and Leonard, like other cosmic cowboys, cowherd, ox-rider, mystic Sufi or she-Solomon-soul "make a break for the High plateau", and saunter from their loss and wounded dawns, toward another way of knowing... "... then off, off forth on swing, as a ...
by mat james
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

...let's move onto and into that High Plateau... ...so it is, according to our songwriter, Leonard, possible to go...or be taken to some place beyond theory. ...we find ourselves at times lost in experience... There is a real difference between understanding something and experiencing something. Lit...
by mat james
Mon Oct 12, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

...The Clare Valley was vino-sumptuous with its rolling vineyards, productive valleys the ever-present spray of gum-trees and the River Murray's "Riverland", a few hundred kilometres away, green and lush and overflowing with grapes and other fruits... and nature walks, also with massive Gum trees, w...
by mat james
Sat Oct 03, 2020 4:06 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

...it may be the broken bridges and tall grass or longing to be lost; ...it may be about meditation practice or traditional prayer or non-theistic indulgences; but ultimately it's all about the "high plateau", no matter where you are coming from. The High Plateau ...Tomorrow, I'm going on a road tri...
by mat james
Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

Ten Oxen can be understood, apparently, as steps in the meditation process towards stillness. "And the bridges break up In the panic of loss ...There's nowhere to go ...the night is all wrong" ...the mind is in a bad state, can't switch off, worries about life, death, meaning and every day horrors l...
by mat james
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

The Ten Ox pictures and poems took Leonard directly to these opening lines of Solomon; Her "Tell me, you whom I love, tell me where you graze your flock..." Him "If you do not know, most beautiful of women, follow the tracks of the sheep and graze your young goats by the tents of the shepherds. I li...
by mat james
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

...and there are two "positions" that the seeker finds, no matter what tradition they are grown in, nurtured and exposed to, and these two positions are; 1) follow the mothers, fathers, masters and traditions and do as they advise me, or 2) break out, follow my own nose and see where it takes me. Fo...
by mat james
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

...means and meaning? Most of us already know: It is not so much what a song or a poem means; but rather that a song is a means to... and for me, it is a means to saunter through our collective search for meaning. As always, of course, you hang onto your own understanding of the song as I usually g...
by mat james
Sun Sep 27, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare
Replies: 22
Views: 2138

Re: Say a prayer for the Cowboy....Ballad of the absent Mare

hi Lizzy, yes, he did seem "invincible"...but there you go... Jennifer Warne, as you probably know, was instrumental in re-energising Leonard's career by releasing an album of Leonard's songs. That is why the post above written by her is so interesting. She knew him well for a long time...so it is w...

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