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Beneath My Hands by Leonard Cohen

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Beneath My Hands
by Leonard Cohen

Beneath my hands
your small breasts
are the upturned bellies
of breathing fallen sparrows.

Wherever you move
I hear the sounds of closing wings
of falling wings.

I am speechless
because you have fallen beside me
because your eyelashes
are the spines of tiny fragile animals.

I dread the time
when your mouth
begins to call me hunter.

When you call me close
to tell me
your body is not beautiful
I want to summon
the eyes and hidden mouths
of stone and light and water
to testify against you.

I want them
to surrender before you
the trembling rhyme of your face
from their deep caskets.

When you call me close
to tell me
your body is not beautiful
I want my body and my hands
to be pools
for your looking and laughing.

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Selected Poems, 1956-1968 by Leonard CohenSOURCE

This poem appeared in Selected Poems, 1956-1968 by Leonard Cohen, published by Bantam Books, 1971. Shared here with deep gratitude.

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