Get Your Premium Membership

Leonard Cohen Poems

A collection of select Leonard Cohen famous poems that were written by Leonard Cohen or written about the poet by other famous poets. PoetrySoup is a comprehensive educational resource of the greatest poems and poets on history.

Don't forget to view our Leonard Cohen home page with links to biographical information, articles, and more poems that may not be listed here.

See also:

by Cohen, Leonard
 The birds they sang 
at the break of day 
Start again 
I heard them say 
Don't dwell on what 
has passed away 
or what is yet to be. 
Ah...Read More



by Cohen, Leonard
 It's coming through a hole in the air,
 from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
 It's coming from the feel
 that it ain't exactly real,
 or it's real, but it...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 (co-written by Sharon Robinson)
Baby, I've been waiting, 
I've been waiting night and day. 
I didn't see the time, 
I waited half my life away. 
There were lots of invitations...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm, 
your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm, 
yes, many loved before us, I know that...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 (co-written by Sharon Robinson)
Everybody knows that the dice are loaded 
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed 
Everybody knows that the war is over 
Everybody knows the good guys lost...Read More



by Cohen, Leonard
 They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom 
For trying to change the system from within 
I'm coming now, I'm coming to reward them 
First we take Manhattan, then...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 The future: time's excuse
to frighten us; too vast
a project, too large a morsel
for the heart's mouth.

Future, who won't wait for you?
Everyone is going there.
It suffices you to deepen
the absence...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin 
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in 
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 Well my friends are gone and my hair is grey 
I ache in the places where I used to play 
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river 
You can hear the boats go by 
You can spend the night beside her 
And you know that she's...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone. 
They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go
on. 
And they brought me their...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 Like a bird on the wire, 
like a drunk in a midnight choir 
I have tried in my way to be free. 
Like a worm on a hook, 
like...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 (After Lorca) 

Now in Vienna there are ten pretty women.
There's a shoulder where death comes to cry.
There's a lobby with nine hundred windows.
There's a tree where the doves go...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 If you want a lover 
I'll do anything you ask me to 
And if you want another kind of love 
I'll wear a mask for you 
If you want...Read More

by Cohen, Leonard
 Brother Paul! look!
—but he rushes to a different
window.
The moon!

I heard shrieks and thought:
What's that?

That's just Suzanne
talking to the moon!
Pounding on the window
with both fists:

 Paul! Paul!

—and talking to the...Read More