This is the only poem

I can read

I am the only one

can write it


I didn't kill myself

when things went wrong

I didn't turn

to drugs or teaching

I tried to sleep

but when I couldn't sleep

I learned to write

I learned to write

what might be read

on nights like this

by one like me


וזה היה השיר היחיד שראוי לפתוח בו

מאת לאונרד כהן

מתוך הספר

(The energy of slaves (1972

אז ברוכים הבאים לשורות האלה.