a gift for april

           You tell me that silence
is nearer to peace than poems
but if for my gift
I brought you silence
(for I know silence)
you would say
         This is not silence
this is another poem
and you would hand it back to me.

—’Gift’, by Leonard Cohen (The Spice Box of Earth)

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go fly a kite

“A kite is a victim you are sure of.
You love it because it pulls
gentle enough to call you master,
strong enough to call you fool;
because it lives
like a desperate trained falcon
in the high sweet air,
and you can always haul it down
to tame it in your drawer.”


—from ‘A Kite is a Victim’ (The Spice-Box of Earth), by Leonard Cohen”

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