Friday, November 14, 2008


As soon as I understood
(even to a limited degree)
that this is G-d's world
I began to lose weight
At this very moment
I am wearing
my hockey uniform
from the Sixth Grade

“A Limited Degree” from Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen © 2006. Published by McClelland & Stewart Ltd. Used with permission of the publisher.


Sara said...

Good to read a "lean" poem. Say it and get out. I like it.

jama said...

Love it! Want to read more Cohen now. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I do so love Leonard Cohen. And wow - to have the ability to accomplish so much in so little space!

Wanda said...

"Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."
~ Leonard Cohen

Did you happen to catch 'Everybody Knows' on CBC? Stephen Page of BNL singing "Memories"--cleverly cool!

Chrisbookarama said...

It's funny, my brother-in-law is not a fan of Cohen or poetry but he had free tickets to see him and now he won't stop talking about how good a show it was!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wish I could be that succinct and effective. I guess that's why I am not Leonard Cohen.

Allison said...

I love it. I am not versed in Cohen, and I think that needs to change. Thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

Hi, John, I chanced across your blog while chasing down some links on short stories, and as I read through some of your excellent and very enjoyable entries, it occcurred to me that you're the John Mutford I taught in Kindergarten....yes?

Cathy Simpson aka "teacher" ;)
simpsonoxford AT yahoo DOT com

John Mutford said...

Sara: It's certainly concise!

Jama: Glad to hear that.

Kelly: I love how "I am wearing/ my hockey uniform/ from the Sixth Grade" manages to be humble and full of bravado at the same time.

Wanda: Great quote. And unfortunately no, I missed that airing.

Chris: I so badly want to see him in concert. I doubt he's planning a trip to Yellowknife anytime soon, though.

Barbara: I'm assuming you also aren't a tenor?

Allison: Are you into his music at all?

Cathy: My old kindergarten teacher?! I'm flabbergasted that you remember me. I'm going to write you an email...