Making Change with Cohen (c) Amy Barnes from Avalanches in Poetry Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen


Notes fell into my fedora in

Too poetic of a way

Too synonymous with a busker I

Once knew

Once was

And his

panhandled songs

Stolen from places

And books and letters and the corners of my mind where music stood at corners


As if there is such a thing as too poetic or too musical or too big of a fedora stuffed with first

notes and last notes and echo notes and silent notes and end-notes

Left behind by no crowd and all crowds and crowded crowds and invisible crowds

Maybe there is and

maybe there is not but the double f alliteration that rhymes with clef and marches next together

in fell and fedora

Almost made me laugh

But I didn’t


I inhaled

One more time my notes that smelled of music and sadness and grief and crescendos and

whole notes and half notes and

scribbled idea notes on napkins and marble slabs and cocktail umbrellas and gray matter

Not of a million fingerprints on faded dollars left in hats and boxes and musty violin cases

I hummed a dirge

of faded songs

That made no one laugh


left my fedora empty


Amy Barnes has words at a variety of publications including McSweeney’s, Parabola, Detritus Online, Guideposts, The New Southern Fugitives, Gnashing Teeth Anthology, FlashBack Fiction, Flash Fiction Magazine and Maria at Sampaguitas. She is a reader for CRAFT and Narratively and Associate CNF Editor for Barren Magazine.  

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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