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IN BED WITH LEONARD COHEN

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As much as I am a fan of Bob Dylan, I think that Leonard Cohen should have been the one to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.  Do you agree?

This poem is not so much about Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan but more about a nostalgia for the past.

In bed with Leonard Cohen

I want to be back.

Back sitting on someone’s floor

at a party I’ve gate-crashed,

listening to some gorgeous long haired guy

singing, ‘Suzanne takes you down’.

And I want to see again

those photos of Elvis

having his hair cut for the army.

And I want to be again

sneaking into my first X film,

hiding cigarettes from my parents,

holding hands with someone I’ve only just met

dancing obscenely close in some Soho cellar.

I want to be kissed again

for the very first time.

I want to hear Buddy Holly on a juke box.

Sip my first coke in a Wimpy bar,

my first rum and coke in a real bar.

I want to be hearing Dylan,

The Beatles,

The Everly Brothers,

Leonard Cohen

for the very first time.

I want to be hugged by my mum and dad.

I want to be back.

Take me back.

But here I am

in bed with Leonard Cohen

and his ‘Book of Longing’.

Longing to be back.

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© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems

“In Bed With Leonard Cohen” was first published in “Wonderland.”

( 2019, The Woodland Press)

A lockdown tribute to Vera Lynn

I posted this on VE day. Thought it was appropriate to post it again as a tribute to Vera Lynn who died today at the age of 103.

I learned today from my friend Mel’s blog (Mel’s Meanderings – check it out) that the bluebirds in the song, “There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover …” are a reference not to the mythical bluebird at all but to the men in blue in the RAF.  Who knew? It makes the song even more poignant.

Here’s “We’ll Meet Again” with some new words of mine to that lovely, evocative old song. With thanks to Dame Vera Lynn.

 

We’ll eat out again

Don’t know where

Don’t know when

But we’ll eat out again

Some sunny day

 

We’ll go to theatres too

Just like we used to do

Once we’re allowed

back on the motorway

 

Please say hello

To the hairdresser I know

Tell her my hair’s quite long

And if you should see

Anyone that knows me

You can sing them this song

 

We’ll hug again

Don’t know where

Don’t know when

But I know we’ll hug again

Some sunny day

 

We’ll shake hands too

And I’ll stand right next to you

When the blue skies

Chase these dark clouds far away

 

And when our loved ones die

We’ll be there to say goodbye

Just like we used to do

 

We’ll meet again

Don’t know where

Don’t know when

But I know we’ll meet again

Some sunny day

 

Maybe some day next year

We’ll gather without fear

Although that day

may be very far away

 

Although it’s hard for me and you

With loved ones dying too

But we know this thing

will one day go away

 

When our grandchildren have grown

And have children of their own

You can sing them this song

 

So will you please hug hello

To the family we know

Tell them we miss them so

Tell them it won’t be long

 

Till we meet again

Don’t know where

Don’t know when

But I know we’ll meet again

Some sunny day

 

 

 

 

 

© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems

 

 

In bed with Leonard Cohen

89 days into lockdown.  And here I am looking back with nostalgia

 

I want to be back

Back sitting on someone’s floor

at a party I’ve gatecrashed

listening to some gorgeous long haired guy

singing, ‘Suzanne takes you down’

 

And I want to see again

those photos of Elvis

having his hair cut for the army

 

And I want to be again

sneaking into my first X film

hiding cigarettes from my parents

holding hands with someone I’ve only just met

dancing obscenely close in some Soho cellar

 

I want to be kissed again

for the very first time

 

I want to hear Buddy Holly on a juke box

Sip my first coke in a Wimpy bar

my first rum and coke in a real bar

 

I want to be hearing Dylan

The Beatles

The Everly Brothers

Leonard Cohen

for the very first time

 

I want to be hugged by my mum and dad

 

I want to be back

Take me back

 

But here I am

in bed with Leonard Cohen

And his ‘Book of Longing’

 

Longing to be back.

 

“In Bed With Leonard Cohen” was first published in “Wonderland.” ( 2019, Woodland Press)

Copies of this poetry book can be obtained from me. Simply comment below leaving your email address and I will get back to you. The cost of the book is £6.50 including postage within the UK. 50% of any profit from sales will be given to the NHS.

 

© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems

© Portrait of Leonard Cohen by M.R.

In bed with Leonard Cohen


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I want to be back

Sitting on someone’s floor

at a party I’ve gate-crashed

Listening to some gorgeous long haired guy

singing Suzanne takes you down

And I want to see again

those photos of Elvis

having his hair cut for the army

elvis-photo-for-blog

And I want to be again

sneaking into my first X film

Hiding cigarettes from my parents

Holding hands with someone I’ve only just met

Dancing obscenely close in some Soho cellar

I want to be kissed again

For the very first time

buddy-holly-photo-for-blog

I want to hear Buddy Holly on a juke box

Sip my first coke in a Wimpy bar

My first rum and coke in a real bar

I want to be hearing Dylan for the first time

The Beatles

Buffy Sainte Marie

The Everly Brothers

Leonard Cohen

dylan-albumbuffy-photo-for-blog

eversley-bros-pic-for-blog

beatles-photo-for-blog

I want to be hugged by my mum and dad

I want to be back

Take me back

But here I am

in bed with Leonard Cohen

And his Book of Longing

Longing to be back.

cohen-book-of-longing-for-blog

this-leonard-cohen-pic-for-blog

© Andrea Neidle, My Life in Poems