Not just a singer-songwriter. This Canadian born genius wrote some really lovely poems which were overshadowed by his musical success ….
Story Of Isaac by Leonard Cohen
The door it opened slowly,
my father he came in,
I was nine years old.
And he stood so tall above me,
his blue eyes they were shining
and his voice was very cold.
He said, “I’ve had a vision
and you know I’m strong and holy,
I must do what I’ve been told.”
So he started up the mountain,
I was running, he was walking,
and his axe was made of gold.
Well, the trees they got much smaller,
the lake a lady’s mirror,
we stopped to drink some wine.
Then he threw the bottle over.
Broke a minute later
and he put his hand on mine.
Thought I saw an eagle
but it might have been a vulture,
I never could decide.
Then my father built an altar,
he looked once behind his shoulder,
he knew I would not hide.
You who build these altars now
to sacrifice these children,
you must not do it anymore.
A scheme is not a vision
and you never have been tempted
by a demon or a god.
You who stand above them now,
your hatchets blunt and bloody,
you were not there before,
when I lay upon a mountain
and my father’s hand was trembling
with the beauty of the word.
And if you call me brother now,
forgive me if I inquire,
“Just according to whose plan?”
When it all comes down to dust
I will kill you if I must,
I will help you if I can.
When it all comes down to dust
I will help you if I must,
I will kill you if I can.
And mercy on our uniform,
man of peace or man of war,
the peacock spreads his fan.
Wow… Gripping stuff!
The pace and descriptives suited the story perfectly. What a horrific occurrence.
Why can’t men just listen? Please note there are better ways of making a man listen to you! The crone in this story has clearly been very hurt by men and is inflicting her pain on others through this custom she enforces.
I love the hints of understanding and love between the pair despite everything that has just happened.
I would love to read more about this crone and her rituals!
Keep up the good work! We will be watching for new works!
Today I want you guys to write a short poem or paragraph that is for your eyes only!
Write something special just for you!
Comment if you tried it!
We have just been given sneak peeks of two new novels being written by new writers!!
We have also been given permission to give you guys a sneak preview of one very soon!! Believe me it’s good stuff!
Really enjoying seeing all the new material!
Any new writers? Get involved! The Best Slice of Pie wants you!
Unfortunately the whole team was away on holiday so a queue has formed of stories to review!
We will get right on top of it in the net few days…
Who would be up for a writing challenge?
You’re on a desert island, it has fruits, nuts, and a fresh water source… You can fish and hunt if any bird were to pass but you have to come up with, and make the weapon…
What 6 other food items would you take? You can create as many meals out of them as you can think of… And It is never ending.
But you can only choose 6 items…
Storage/cooling is not an issue….
I would have to take,
But it was a tough one between sugar and peppers…ermmm now I want to change as there is already fruit on the island??? Hmmmm
Sugar or red Peppers ???
Roxy Ribbons! I think all of us feel this curse in some way or another, especially in regards to an interview. I loved his thought processes and how we we’re let in on them. I really felt as though we were on the journey together and **spoiler** when he spilt the coffee, well my hand was in my mouth. A true ‘cringe’.
I liked the pace, set over a few hours we really got all the details without it dragging in, you packed a lot in!
I can’t wait to read the next part of the series!
To all you James’s out there – chin up and soldier on.
Read it here on http://roxyribbons.wordpress.com
Thank you to everyone who is already getting involved!
I want more short stories in my inbox and novels for the waiting list.
I’m honoured to be reading all your amazing work…
As we get more works the reviews will take on a more standard format but for now we want to keep it friendly and casual…
Keep those pencils sharpened and the pages full…