Posted by: Ron DuBour | November 12, 2016

The Secret Chord~by Paul F. Lenzi



The Secret Chord


Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

(Regarding Leonard Cohen and his final album)


we want it darker

so darker he speaks

in that spine-tingling

basso profondo

that crackles and creaks

a sound-chamber crypt

hopeless poetry

killing the flame

of a life aptly slipped

between passion and pain

a personal scripture

a lyrical dirge existential

melodically slain

by a choir-backed

musical hospice

to solemnly comfort a

deep smoky chanting

one powerful word

lifted up in refrain

hineni hineni

the end’s in the room

all is ready each bone

every note unafraid

tilted full at time’s tomb


  1. thank you for sharing my poem with your readers

    • most welcome always!!

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