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

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Joe Kidd

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

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

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

Leonard Cohen and Edie Sedgwick at the Chelsea Hotel by Joan Hawkins

Love Poem #2 by Sarah Marquez in Avalanches in Poetry Writings & Art Inspired by Leonard Cohen

A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with R&B Musician Tasha Taylor

with Tasha Taylor:

Q1: When did you start writing and first influences?

Tasha: I started writing when I was 14. My first influence was my father’s music. Johnnie Taylor was my dad, he was a Stax artist.

Q2: Who are your biggest influences today?

Tasha: I still love the greats: Aretha, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland. I also love Leon Bridges, Lauryn Hill, Drake, HER and so many newer artists.

Q3: Any pivotal moment when you knew you wanted to be a writer/artist/musician?

Tasha: I grew up on the road with my dad, watching him perform from the side of the stage as a kid was all I needed to know this was what I wanted to do.

Q4: Who has helped you most with writing?

Tasha: I write solo and produce my own sic. Listening to great writers always helps.

Q5: Where did you grow up and how did that influence your work?

Tasha: I grew up in Dallas, Texas.

Q6: What do you consider your most meaningful work you’ve done creatively so far to you?

Tasha: My record TAYLORMADE was a sort of tribute to my dad, so it holds a lot of meaning for me https://amzn.to/3ktUQwz

Q7: Favorite activities to relax?

Tasha: Painting>

Q8: What is a favorite line/stanza from a song/poem/writing of yours or others?

Tasha: “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Albert Einstein

Q9: Any recent or forthcoming projects that you’d like to promote?

Tasha: Yes, working on a new record now.

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