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Walking Away

2012.01.02
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Suddenly the night has grown colder.
The god of love preparing to depart.
Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder,
They slip between the sentries of the heart.

Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure,
They gain the light, they formlessly entwine;
And radiant beyond your widest measure
They fall among the voices and the wine.

It’s not a trick, your senses all deceiving,
A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust –
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin;
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined;
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for this to happen,
Go firmly to the window. Drink it in.
Exquisite music. Alexandra laughing.
Your firm commitments tangible again.

And you who had the honor of her evening,
And by the honor had your own restored –
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving;
Alexandra leaving with her lord.

Even though she sleeps upon your satin;
Even though she wakes you with a kiss.
Do not say the moment was imagined;
Do not stoop to strategies like this.

As someone long prepared for the occasion;
In full command of every plan you wrecked –
Do not choose a coward’s explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect.

And you who were bewildered by a meaning;
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed –
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving.
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost.

Leonard Cohen
12 Comments
YUKJA I really like this b&w photo. the beginning of the path that seems to go very far.
YUKJA · 2012-01-02: 12:21
josy63 Walking away sur ce chemin qui semble ne pas finir avec aux oreiles les mots de Cohen
Un très joli monochrome pour une randonnée qui ira au moins, jusqu'à la fin de l'année :)
josy63 · 2012-01-02: 12:45
misiu nice B&W photo
misiu · 2012-01-02: 13:59
nynkeb Just this morning I dug up my Leonard Cohen cd after a very long time and enjoyed this particular song a lot.. Such coincidence you choose it for your image :) It seems the path could go downhill endlessly.. Beautiful..
nynkeb · 2012-01-02: 14:19
????? Aller et dépasser l'horizon! Un objectif à atteindre cette année! Superbe et mystérieuse en noir et blanc:-)
????? · 2012-01-02: 16:28
EvaLizette Love the depth and how you see the mountains way deep in the picture. I would walk the whole way :)
Great picture
But sorry no fan of Cohen .... haha
EvaLizette · 2012-01-02: 16:57
JustmeG love how the wall leads the viewer into another adventure...Goodbye Alexandra...hello adventure!! :-))
JustmeG · 2012-01-02: 21:02
nicephore34 Superbe noir et blanc avec l'impression d'aller vers l'horizon. Et puis bien sur Leonard Cohen. Suzanne and many other.
nicephore34 · 2012-01-03: 08:02
liveandletlive Fantastic monochrome. Wonderful mood.
liveandletlive · 2012-01-04: 21:31
Ejrodriguez very wonderful..i love your photographs :)
Ejrodriguez · 2012-01-05: 11:15
unreal Wonderful lyrics, great artist, wonderful image. Happy New Year!
unreal · 2012-01-06: 14:52
renatomartins Gosto muito desta foto. Tem uma grande profundidade. Vai para a lista :)
renatomartins · 2012-01-07: 06:40
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