killed by cohen

by Maria Francesca

phrase by phrase

watching the words
tumbling down
like niagara falls
pouring from a hemorrhaging soul

so raw
so elegant;

I read his work
and was

a drunken cartoonist
clutching a handful of clumsy sketches

and seeing the mona lisa
for the first time.


Posted on 01/05/2010
Copyright © 2022 Maria Francesca

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Olivia Martin on 01/05/10 at 12:51 PM

Though I've never read Cohen's work (perhaps a new read for the new year), your reaction to it was amazing. I loved the second stanza - the form fit the phrasing; I also loved the last image of being a "drunken cartoonist" in the face of this "mona lisa." Wonderful, wonderful write!

Posted by George Hoerner on 01/05/10 at 01:17 PM

As your words tumble down this page I recall seeing the Mona Lisa in 1957. I am dumbstruck by both. Nice write m'lady.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 01/05/10 at 04:13 PM

I love Cohen. He is a genius. I really like the way you have described your experience of reading / listening to him. There is something delightful to read poems about how the poet is affected by other artists. Thanks.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/06/10 at 12:01 AM

Great images - I want to read him, and more of you. Thank you.

Posted by Sarah Wolf on 01/06/10 at 04:07 PM

I like his song "Waiting for a Miracle" that made me a huge Cohen fan... His voice is haunting in that song...

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