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Rated: E · Poetry · Tribute · #2112441
A peom in memory of Leonard Cohen inspired by the lyrics to famous blue raincoat.
I’m writing a song in the style of L Cohen
About a man in a raincoat and a woman called Jane
And he’s left New York City to go back to his hometown
And stare at the winter with a heart full of pain

I shall use repetition and talk of construction
Of keys and of chords and of rhymes and refrain
And weave them so neatly immersed so completely
In a story of love and betrayal and shame

I shall be using the imagery of starlings and branches
Of parks in the snowfall and cold winter rain
While drinking down coffee in a Montreal café
I scrawl down this homage to Leonard and Jane

In the distance the ships slip into the harbour
Silent and lonely with cargoes of grain
While a man with a squeezebox pumps out a slow waltz
A waltz with a limp and its ankles in chains

But you know I don’t need this, I’ve had smiles from the waitress
If I asked would she dance with me to his rusty refrain
Two lonely people clinging together
We’d whirl through the park and the cities terrain

Her mind would be somewhere, mine would be elsewhere
Each with a past and no need to explain
My mouth would just mumble, my feet merely stumble
My head just a jumble of Leonard and Jane

But instead I keep sitting, and she keeps on serving
As droplets court droplets on the steamed window pane
And the man I called brother and his woman my lover
Forever together they’ll waltz through my brain

The key of the tune will always be minor
The twin broken chords of the cry of the train
And the feet of the meter follow feet of the dancers
Who stumble their way through the dance of the lame

Now I’ve finished my coffee and head for the city
Where music and laughter the crowds entertain
While my discarded napkin bears crazed swirls where my ink-pen
Has carved out the homage to Leonard and Jane
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