Leonard Cohen


Sisters Of Mercy - Poem by Leonard Cohen

Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on.
And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long.


Comments about Sisters Of Mercy by Leonard Cohen

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/21/2018 12:35:00 PM)


    They were waiting for me!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
    (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/21/2018 3:47:00 AM)


    Sister of Mercy is a good character but who is she isn't mentioned here. (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (9/21/2018 2:27:00 AM)


    To the family of the late Leonard Cohen, he died recently I reckon and I saw it on the TV Journal, was it last year Congratulations upon being chosen as Modern Poem Of The Day, wished he is still alive so he can read this himself. A brilliant brevity and with loveliest alliteration. God's Blessings in Abundance for the close family relatives. (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (9/21/2018 1:29:00 AM)


    In the poem there is neither identity of the Sisters Of Mercy nor footnote of it which will help the readers (especially who do not know the background of the poem) to understand it, i think it need be clear to the readers (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/28/2015 12:30:00 PM)


    FULL TEXT:

    Sisters Of Mercy

    Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
    They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on.
    And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
    Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long.
    Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control.
    It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul.
    Well I've been where you're hanging, I think I can see how you're pinned:
    When you're not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you've sinned.

    Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.
    They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
    If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
    they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

    When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.
    Don't turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.
    And you won't make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night:
    We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right,
    We weren't lovers like that and besides it would still be all right.
    (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2009 2:07:00 PM)


    what is this?
    the best lines of this poem aren't here
    I hope Mr Cohen doesn't stumble on this site, he will surely be disappointed
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2007 9:57:00 AM)


    I love this poem /song.It reminds me of snug winter nights spent reading and canoodling.MJ. Speakman (Report) Reply

  • (12/19/2006 9:06:00 PM)


    The other stanzas of this poem/song sre missing.

    ? ? ?
    (Report) Reply

Read all 8 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: song, hope, sister, running



Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 12, 2016


Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]