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Summer Haiku

November 14, 2016

Silence

and a deeper silence

when the crickets

hesitate

–Leonard Cohen, 1961

COMMENTARY: Leonard Cohen, who passed away this week, was one of a handful of musicians who was just as talented as a poet (or, one of a handful of poets who was just as talented as a musician). This little hiccup of a verse was from his first book The Spice Box Of Earth (the title, a poem in and of itself). I like the way the poem draws attention to a subtle moment–the way sometimes the crickets all seem to stop at once, as if they’re hesitating, before resuming their me-me-me and how the poem, utterly without punctuation, is a verbal hesitation in and of itself.

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