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Ripping off is so hard (and hence so easy) to do

In Poems on Thursday 30th October, 2008 by Guy Tagged: , , ,

Because it’s too random and too great:

The Genius
from “The Spice-Box of Earth”, 1961,
by Leonard Cohen

For you
I will be a ghetto jew
and dance
and put white stockings
on my twisted limbs
and poison wells
across the town

For you
I will be an apostate jew
and tell the Spanish priest
of the blood vow
in the Talmud
and where the bones
of the child are hid

For you
I will be a banker jew
and bring to ruin
a proud old hunting king
and end his line

For you
I will be a Broadway jew
and cry in theatres
for my mother
and sell bargain goods
beneath the counter

For you
I will be a doctor jew
and search
in all the garbage cans for foreskins
to sew back again

For you
I will be a Dachau jew
and lie down in lime
with twisted limbs
and bloated pain
no mind can understand

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One Response to “Ripping off is so hard (and hence so easy) to do”

  1. My mum is going to see Leonard Cohen soon. Presumably to see (and hear) him sing.

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