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.34) Tone Poem: The Finale, 'Leonard Cohen — I'M Your Man' - Poem by Max Reif

He stands at the mic,
craggy faded eagle
in a grey suit, singing the verse
in a voice of smoke

surrounded by stark figures
black like spectres
from his own youth.

As he finishes,
the band picks up the chorus
and he stands there

smiling with his eyes
closed, just listening
and you feel his whole

life in that smile
and your life, too,

as though the silent
voice of the most beautiful
losers has given
birth to the whole world.

Comments about .34) Tone Poem: The Finale, 'Leonard Cohen — I'M Your Man' by Max Reif

  • (8/27/2009 10:48:00 AM)

    I was lucky enough to see Leonard Cohen last year and this poem pretty much sums it up. Good stuff. (Report) Reply

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  • (4/15/2007 3:42:00 PM)

    A impressive piece capturing the tone of Mr Cohen's wonderful work. Susie. (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2007 8:34:00 AM)

    Max, I loved this, for its poetic qualities as much as its tribute to and representation of the man, though strictly speaking these elements can't be teased apart in this brief but very convincing portrayal. Without 'craggy faded eagle' the picture would be incomplete, and less accurate. Those who've seen him and listened at length will appreciate the validity of that metaphor. Great echo of 'Joan of Arc' in the 'voice of smoke', and the exit on the 'silent voice of the beautiful losers' is very evocative and apt (and your linking of a singular noun with a singular verb in the penultimate line is bang on too!) , and my guess is that he would have been revelling in the musical moment and all its memories during that eyes closed, smiling state you capture so well. A fitting tribute! ! (I'm your fan.) . (Did I miss anybody?) jim (Report) Reply

  • Colin J... (1/16/2007 4:59:00 PM)

    Read the poem again, which I love, and have put in favorites,
    Noticed a comma missing in my original reply, which changed the meaning,

    Just found this one Max, I am a Cohen fan, No (,) Disciple is more nearer the truth.

    You have him perfect
    Well Done
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  • (1/13/2007 9:11:00 AM)

    I saw/heard that wonderful disc courtesy of netflix. Cohen certainly has lived his life 'true to himself' and his work. certainly not a case of an artistic life instead of the art itself, or of the secret artist (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2006 5:47:00 PM)

    Yes, there is a serene aura emannating from Mr. Cohen, and you have captured that essense with this marvellous penning, Max. The final stanza is smashing! (Report) Reply

  • (7/25/2006 7:13:00 PM)

    Leonard Cohen? Ahhhhhhhhhhh.....and all is well with the world. (Report) Reply

  • (7/25/2006 9:51:00 AM)

    I may be sniffy about these things but I went to quite a few gigs in my younger day and you never forget the special artists. The ones who can reach out to you in a crowd of ten thousand or so. They are rare, but they existed. Today's nonentities wouldn't stand a chance.

    This is a great piece Max, if only for the feelings that it arouses and memories. I never saw Leonard Cohen but I saw a few who could do what has been captured in this narrative. Cheers Max, I'm getting all sloppy and sentimental now.
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  • (7/25/2006 12:20:00 AM)

    An excellent portrait Max. I think you've caught the ambience of the moment superbly. (Report) Reply

  • (7/24/2006 11:45:00 PM)

    Wow I would love to hear this as a song. I believe the second to last line should read 'have' rather than 'has' unless I missed something there. By the way your picture is great. I could see that on an album cover too! Thanks for the enjoyment of your vision. best wishes, eliza (Report) Reply

  • (7/24/2006 11:25:00 PM)

    I can visualize Cohen closing his eyes and soaking in the reverberations....
    Thanks for a brilliant piece for a brilliant poet/singer.
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  • (7/24/2006 9:09:00 PM)

    Max.. atmospherically fab. t x (Report) Reply

  • (7/24/2006 8:50:00 PM)

    as though the silent
    voice of the most beautiful
    losers has given
    birth to the whole world.

    Now that's poetry, Max. I need to check out Cohen. Thank you for putting him in the right light for me. Beautiful, man, dig it. A 'cha, Lori
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  • (7/24/2006 7:37:00 PM)

    Just an incredible piece. A fitting tribute from one great poet to another. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, July 24, 2006

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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