Leonard Cohen


Democracy - Poem by Leonard Cohen

It's coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It's coming from the feel
that it ain't exactly real,
or it's real, but it ain't exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and day,
from the fires of the homeless,
from the ashes of the gay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.


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  • Drtony Brahmin (4/24/2019 10:04:00 AM)

    From the wars against disorder,
    from the sirens night and day,
    from the fires of the homeless,
    from the ashes of the gay: democracy.. fine poem tony
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  • (4/3/2019 10:14:00 PM)

    Democracy is brewing everywhere,
    In every niche under the sky,
    As long as man lived,
    They wants democracy. A great poem allegorial to these written by Leonard Cohen
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  • Michael Walker (4/3/2019 8:21:00 PM)

    This is certainly one of the best of Leonard Cohen's songs. He sings it with soul
    and the drummer beats an insistent rhythm to produce an exciting song,
    which implies that there is still not true democracy in the U.S.A.
    ' Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.'
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  • (4/3/2019 10:30:00 AM)

    Excellent poem. Some time democracy feels like an reoccurring dream often out of reach yet evoking our hopes and aspirations again and again. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/3/2019 7:40:00 AM)

    Romance with Democracy involving every thing undemocratic done in it's name and committing crimes against humanity, elsewhere. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/3/2019 2:26:00 AM)

    This poem regarding democracy has been astutely delineated by Leonard Cohen. (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (4/3/2019 1:50:00 AM)

    democracy
    the highest uttered word of the world by the thoughtful mind who are concerned of rights.

    great writing
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  • Practicing Poetess (4/3/2018 11:05:00 PM)

    A great write from a great man.
    RIP, Leonard Cohen.
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  • Rajnish Manga (4/3/2018 9:30:00 PM)

    Democracy is the only hope for the world to survive despite having its own shortcomings. (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (4/3/2018 4:38:00 PM)

    Leonard Cohen had a love affair with words throughout his career. This poem is no exception- every line carries his brand. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/3/2018 3:43:00 PM)

    When two different worlds collide, another reality is forming. The religious, feminist, philosophical and political polemics lead to wars, fires, and ashes. Democracy gains a new meaning. Wonderful poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/3/2018 3:43:00 PM)

    Usually, in the pluralist societies or in the multicultural communities, there are different tolerances, especially religious tolerances for the people to live peacefully. A society can maintain its ethic and moral values when a part of the citizens can let others have different opinions together with the right to share their ideas. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/3/2018 3:42:00 PM)

    Those protests that occurred, in 1989, in Tiananmen Square for the freedom of speech were like 'holes in the air'.
    The freedom of speech became a conundrum for those communist societies because of the totalitarian regime. This is one of the main causes these societies descended into destructive.
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (4/3/2018 2:44:00 PM)

    Wonderful, amazing poem shared by the poet. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/3/2018 2:17:00 PM)

    a brilliant write to continue the fight for something free for you and me......sail on sail on for true democracy.
    well penned friend.
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  • Pranab K Chakraborty (4/3/2018 12:47:00 PM)

    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A....... What kind of democracy.... to be shot by frenzies bullet... to be cracked by any time the name of colors.... Tiananmen is a bogus tragedy of civilized man against the searching of a society for human being more liable to keep right of primary needs for the majority people. No politics here I utter to be practiced but a lane for the men should be guarded by intelligents not by the emotionals. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/3/2018 11:59:00 AM)

    Through a hole! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (4/3/2018 8:22:00 AM)

    I have special admiration for poets who write singable lyrics, for singer-songwriters whose songs make good poetry. This one by Leonard Cohen is a doozy! (See it in its entirety below which Fabrizio has provided for us.) And intrinsic to it is the extraordinary irony about America that has, in its myth about itself, cast itself as the purveyor of democracy. May it indeed return and flourish in this my native land. -GK (Report)Reply

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  • Mario, Lucien, Rene Odekerken (4/3/2018 7:12:00 AM)

    Wonderful poem by a great poet (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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