Leonard Cohen - To A Teacher Lyrics

[Dedicated to A. M. Klein (1909-1972)]

Hurt once and for all into silence.
A long pain ending without a song to prove it.
Who could stand beside you so close to Eden,
When you glinted in every eye the held-high
razor, shivering every ram and son?
And now the silent loony bin, where
The shadows live in the rafters like
Day-weary bats,
Until the turning mind, a radar signal,
lures them to exaggerate
Mountain-size on the white stone wall
Your tiny limp.
How can I leave you in such a house?
Are there no more saints and wizards
to praise their ways with pupils,
No more evil to stun with the slap
of a wet red tongue?
Did you confuse the Messiah in a mirror
and rest because he had finally come?
Let me cry Help beside you, Teacher.
I have entered under this dark roof
As fearlessly as an honoured son
Enters his father's house.

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  1. Sold to be Diers

    ''Well, now a then
    You've gone and done it again
    Brought to bare, our every care
    Bout the who, the what, and the where... Is really there.'' -gilpin 61318
    My thought's througout this work of Art...
    is the imaginance of Bourdain, now cookin' for Cohen.
    Thank's for that spiritual stir Brother Bitivus!

  2. Stella Curteanu

    De mullt ma recunosc invinsa in fata acestui OM!!!! Nu mai spun ca " engleza" mea e total a unui" diletant"!!:))) sau puterea mea de intelegere e.... dusa , ori versurile au mii de sensuri si profunzimi nebanuite!!! Multumesc! O biata naiva!!!:)))