2 poems by Richard LeDue for Before I Turn Into Gold Day

Art by Geoffrey Wren (c)


Almost everyone wants to sing “Hallelujah”
straight up to the heavens,
expecting god to say “amen,”
but all there is
is an echo:
repetition bouncing off walls, ceilings,
beating the old drum in our ears-
while somewhere Leonard smiled
at so much admiration for his song,
and I imagine he's still smiling
even after his death
because I'm no better than those voices,
believing in something
that was never their own.


Five million reasons to go silent,
but he kept singing,
while his former lover,
manager, sent fifty page emails
of hate: “Cohen is going to be hung,”
a sad chorus for a song no one wanted to hear
(the cliché of a jailbird for her,
grounded by stolen money,
too unmusical),
and it all reminds me of an old radio
(a Christmas gift from someone dead)
with so much static
that you have to slap it hard to fix,
believing everything's fine.

Bio: Richard LeDue (he/him) was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, but currently lives in Norway House, Manitoba with his wife and son. His poems have appeared in various publications throughout 2020, and more is forthcoming throughout 2021. His first chapbook, “The Loneliest Age,” was released by Kelsay Books in autumn 2020, and a second chapbook, “The Kind of Noise Worth Writing Down,” is forthcoming in early 2022 from Kelsay Books.

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Richard LeDue

All of the poems (revised) from Avalanches in Poetry for Leonard Cohen Week by David L O’Nan

Hearing “Hallelujah” at the Women’s March, 2017 by Lorna Wood  (poetry for Leonard Cohen Week)

5 poems inspired by Leonard Cohen by Robert Frede Kenter (Before I Turn Into Gold Day)

2 new poems by Samantha Terrell including Avalanches in Poetry 2 entry

Poem from Avalanches in Poetry Writings & Art inspired by Leonard Cohen (2019)by Barney Ashton-Bullock “Yet”

Wonderful Artwork from Avalanches in Poetry Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen by artist/writer Geoffrey Wren

From Avalanches in Poetry writings & art inspired by Leonard Cohen (2019) How Leonard Cohen Kept Evading Me by Christina Strigas

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