A Thousand Kisses Deep

Staying untouched is no solid ground. Every person is changing thanks to his surroundings. It is a way of development – a necessity for life, the only real reason we are here, on planet Earth, in physical bodies. To learn. To experience.

Artists are no exception. We are influenced by our predecessors. People have a mission and I believe, the ones who think alike might sometimes be even more tightly connected than with blood ties. It is like a family, the artists whose work you must continue; not in a way of repeating, but whose knowledge you learn, and try to go on from there. 

Leonard Cohen was one of my honoured men, so I was deeply saddened when he passed away last year. Several paintings have been made in reminiscence of his works, of his unrepeatable persona, even my first poetry book got its name, inspired by one of his songs: so yes, we have something in common: admiration for the same.

I want to give my thanks, forwarding his message: may his poem be the first I share in this Inspiratio category. A deeply moving, full version of the touchy and wonderful, deep and surreal, under skin coming A Thousand Kisses Deep. May it move your world as it moves my blood:

1. You came to me this morning

And you handled me like meat.

You’d have to live alone to know

How good that feels, how sweet.

My mirror twin, my next of kin,

I’d know you in my sleep.

And who but you would take me in

A thousand kisses deep?

2. I loved you when you opened

Like a lily to the heat.

I’m just another snowman

Standing in the rain and sleet,

Who loved you with his frozen love

His second-hand physique –

With all he is, and all he was

A thousand kisses deep.

3. All soaked in sex, and pressed against

The limits of the sea:

I saw there were no oceans left

For scavengers like me.

We made it to the forward deck

I blessed our remnant fleet –

And then consented to be wrecked

A thousand kisses deep.

4. I know you had to lie to me,

I know you had to cheat.

But the Means no longer guarantee

The Virtue in Deceit.

That truth is bent, that beauty spent,

That style is obsolete –

Ever since the Holy Spirit went

A thousand kisses deep.

5. (So what about this Inner Light

That’s boundless and unique?

I’m slouching through another night

A thousand kisses deep.)

6. I’m turning tricks; I’m getting fixed,

I’m back on Boogie Street.

I tried to quit the business –

Hey, I’m lazy and I’m weak.

But sometimes when the night is slow,

The wretched and the meek,

We gather up our hearts and go

A thousand kisses deep.

7. (And fragrant is the thought of you,

The file on you complete –

Except what we forgot to do

A thousand kisses deep.)

8. The ponies run, the girls are young,

The odds are there to beat.

You win a while, and then it’s done –

Your little winning streak.

And summoned now to deal

With your invincible defeat,

You live your life as if it’s real

A thousand kisses deep.

9. (I jammed with Diz and Dante –

I did not have their sweep –

But once or twice, they let me play

A thousand kisses deep.)

10. And I’m still working with the wine,

Still dancing cheek to cheek.

The band is playing “Auld Lang Syne” –

The heart will not retreat.

And maybe I had miles to drive,

And promises to keep –

You ditch it all to stay alive

A thousand kisses deep.

11. And now you are the Angel Death

And now the Paraclete;

And now you are the Savior’s Breath

And now the Belsen heap.

No turning from the threat of love,

No transcendental leap –

As witnessed here in time and blood

A thousand kisses deep.

People give years of their lives to finish poems, paintings, songs. Please appreciate it: share the knowledge with the source. This poem was trusted from https://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/