The Tower of Song

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To find truth
without faith,
love and hope,
like trying to climb
Mt. Everest
naked, without oxygen,
or even a rope.
Not saying it can’t be done,
but man,
sounding like a clang!
Or have I found
that love thang?
Try as you might
to sight the heavens,
like pointing a microscope
to the skies
from the dire
mire basement
in which you’re standing.
Far better, in the light,
seeing the world
through heaven’s eyes.
Holy Mindfulness
is the place
where we all belong.
As Leonard Cohen,
he’s moving on
to the Tower of Song.

With more skat than a cat
can poke it’s eyeballs at,
As the punk
in the Midnight Choir
starts to twist & shout.
Yet , the All in All ,
all too beautiful
for a bird on a wire
to sing about.
Getting a feel
of the real deal,
that love thing.
Upon a mission,
a royal commission,
seeking foremost the Kingdom.
It all starts from within.
Be in it to win it,
the right … from wrong.
And Leonard Cohen,
he’s moving on
to the Tower of Song.

Me … I too have tried,
in my way , to be free.
If it be your will
… then let it be.
Yet, here on earth,
they sentenced me
to forty years of mayhem
for spying the celebrants of sin.
Tell me …
where does this world end,
and Eden begin ?
Because I don’t like your
toxic culture mister.
And I don’t like the choir
you’re singing in.
I don’t like Big Brothers
twisted sister.
He is coming back …
He’s coming to reward them.
The King of Hearts, and minds,
the Prince of Peace returning.
First we seek the Kingdom.
Kingdom starts within.
And Leonard Cohen,
he’s moving on,
to the Tower of Song.

I’ve been buried,
and I’ve been dug up.
I call it grace amazing.
You called it dumb luck.
And thank you
for those items
that you sent me.
The stone monkey,
and the ink under my skin.
I’ve tunnelled
towards the light
and now I’m ready.
First
we occupy the Kingdom,
then
let freedom ring.
Yes, Jesus was a sailor
when He walked upon the water.
And Leonard Cohen,
he’s sailing on
to the Tower of Song.

Through all the pulp fiction
from hell’s kitchen
to that pie in the sky dreamin’
I really like
to walk the tightrope, baby.
I really like to hear
those Sirens sing.
But to see that nightmare
prowling through creation …
Jesus told us, yes he told us,
Kingdom starts with.

Remember me ?
I use to to live without
rhyme or reason.
Remember me ?
I plugged your Hi-Fi in.
You loved me as a loser.
You’d hate me ever to win.
Yes, Jesus was a sailor
when he walked upon the water.
With Christ,
my ship has decidedly,
actually, and finally,
come in.
No longer tied
to a kitchen chair,
“Glory” … And a Holy
“Hallelujah”!
But first
we take the Kingdom.
Losing it all to win.
And Leonard Cohen,
he’s singing along,
in the Tower of Song.

I’m counselled by a whisper
in the heavens.
I was blinded
by visions in a spin.
And it’s,
“So long Chicken Maryland”.
That frozen turkey in a basket
and a casket of deplorables
hanging out for a fling.
Now, I’m guided by the beauty
of creation.
and a thirsting for the Kingdom.
As it is in Heaven
… His will being done.
Jesus told us,
yes he told us,
Kingdom is within.
And Leonard Cohen,
he’s moved on,
to the Tower of Song.

~ by david redpath © 2017

Artwork; ‘La Musica Sacra’
~ by Luigi Mussini

PhotoArt: david redpath
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68 thoughts on “The Tower of Song”

  1. As The Tennessee Poet enters from stage right, the crowd grows silent to hear his always simple praise. He smiles, takes the mike in his hand and proclaims “All hail King Leonard and his bard Sir David” ! He turns, drops the mike and exits stage left.

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  2. I thought I found my favorite line
    Inside this poem, the best this time:
    “With more skat than a cat
    can poke it’s eyeballs at,”
    But then, as I rolled through
    came this quiet one from you:
    “I’m counselled by a whisper
    in the heavens.”
    Like an echo in an empty hall,
    I loved those lines most of all,
    …until the final few,
    which gave me hope, too
    (thank you):
    “And Leonard Cohen,
    he’s moved on,
    to the Tower of Song.”
    I put this on my pinterest board, “Art that Inspires” using that gorgeous tower photo art to pin.

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  3. Always inventive and original! I like how you reworked Cohen’s lyrics. If you do have a Bard of the Boudoir piece, I’d like to read it. If you don’t, l’d like you to write it.
    Beautiful picture too!

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