Poem by Joe Kidd for “Before I Turn Into Gold Day” inspired by Leonard Cohen

(c) Geoffrey Wren

Banned For Life

born at midnight on a Sadder Day
tossed by a mother fleeing for her life
spirit encrypted in a colorless form
turned out to the diaspora of souls in flight

“where is the world? where is the heart?”
I sang, but nobody here to listen
this beginning of pain, is the end of suffering
universe breathing in and out

we are not here now, no never again
to nurse from the flesh of the one who made us
disappear then, before I kiss your cheek
this warning comes from one who has lived

and discovered the voice of the transparent sphere
the walk of ages, crowds and faces

oh the joy, this symphony
this martyrdom, sainthood, prophesied
seclusion, illusion, delusion, more
the bread of life that created war

now it is finished
forgiven and forgotten
the skeletons have gone to rest
trampled by the invited guests
inhabit now, each secret place
forever falling through secret space
no mind of indulgence
no eye to light
this eternal paradise
banned for life

Bio: Joe Kidd is a working poet, singer, songwriter, and musician. Touring North America and Western Europe. Inducted into the Michigan Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017. In 2020, published The Invisible Waterhole, a collection of spiritual and sensual verse. He has been awarded by the Michigan Governor’s Office and the US House of Representatives for his work to advance Peace, Social Justice, and Cultural Diversity. Joe is a speech writer, and a music, poetry, and film reviewer for international magazines and websites.

Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Joe-Kidd/e/B089QYDXSM
Official Website: http://www.joekiddandsheilaburke.com

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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 feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1


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