Ode To Leonard Cohen

My thoughts on a sad passing of a literary genius.

Today's Poem

leonard-cohenWritten today, the day after hearing poet, musician & writer Leonard Cohen had passed. I had the seeds of the poem in my head as I fell asleep and wrote a rough first draft when I woke up before work, adding an extra verse that came to me whilst driving to work. The 2nd draft (below), which was heavily re-worked, was completed this evening.

Ode To Leonard Cohen

Like a bird in flight
You alight
On the wing
Off into the sombre night

To sing

Those uplifting songs
Of sadness and love
They’re gently drifting down
From up above

Melodies are floating on the breeze
Falling with the icy rain
The words begin to freeze
On a slight refrain

And the birds that accompany you
On your way
Can be heard to say

Hallelujah, hallelujah

And in the wind we hear the chimes
And through the clouds
The sun…

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Words I Love 75 – Blue

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Here’s a word I love, that has many connotations, and a pic I took today that fits…

blue1

bluː/

adjective

adjective: blue; comparative adjective: bluer; superlative adjective: bluest
  1. 1.
    of a colour intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day.
    “the clear blue sky”
    synonyms: sky-blue, azure, cobalt (blue), sapphire, cerulean, navy (blue), saxe (blue), Oxford blue, Cambridge blue, ultramarine, lapis lazuli, indigo, aquamarine, turquoise, teal (blue), cyan, of the colour of the sky, of the colour of the sea

    “she had bright blue eyes”
    • (of a person’s skin) having turned blue as a result of cold or breathing difficulties.
      “Ashley went blue and I panicked”
    • (of a bird or other animal) having blue markings.
      “a blue jay”
    • (of a cat, fox, or rabbit) having fur of a smoky grey colour.
      “the blue fox”
    • (of a ski run) of the second-lowest level of difficulty, as indicated by blue markers positioned along it.
    • PHYSICS
      denoting one of three colours of quark.
  2. 2.
    informal
    (of a person or mood) melancholy, sad, or depressed.
    “he’s feeling blue”
    synonyms: depressed, down, sad, saddened, unhappy, melancholy, miserable, sorrowful,gloomy, dejected, downhearted, disheartened, despondent, dispirited, low, in low spirits, low-spirited, heavy-hearted, glum, morose, dismal, downcast, cast down,tearful; More

    antonyms: happy, cheerful
  3. 3.
    informal
    (of a film, joke, or story) having sexual or pornographic content.
    “a blue movie”
    antonyms: clean, family
  4. 4.
    BRITISHinformal
    politically conservative.
    “the successful blue candidate”

noun

noun: blue; plural noun: blues
  1. 1.
    blue colour or pigment.
    “she was dressed in blue
    • blue clothes or material.
      “Susan wore blue”
  2. 2.
    a blue thing, in particular:
    • the blue ball in snooker.
    • literary
      the sky or sea, or the unknown.
      noun: the blue
      “far out upon the blue were many sails”
    • another term for bluing.
  3. 3.
    a small butterfly, the male of which is predominantly blue while the female is typically brown.
  4. 4.
    BRITISH
    a person who has represented Cambridge University (a Cambridge blue ) or Oxford University (anOxford blue ) at a particular sport in a match between the two universities.
    “a flyweight boxing blue”
    • a distinction awarded to a Cambridge blue or an Oxford blue.
      “Adrian’s brother won a rugby blue in December”
  5. 5.
    AUSTRALIAN/NZinformal
    an argument or fight.
    “did you have a blue or what?”
  6. 6.
    AUSTRALIAN/NZinformal
    a mistake.
    “his tactical blue in saying the opposition wasn’t ready to govern”
  7. 7.
    AUSTRALIAN/NZinformal
    a nickname for a red-headed person.
    “only an Aussie could make a red-headed man ‘Blue.’”
  8. 8.
    BRITISHinformal
    a supporter of the Conservative Party.

verb

verb: blue; 3rd person present: blues; past tense: blued; past participle: blued; gerund or present participle: blueing; gerund or present participle: bluing
  1. 1.
    make or become blue.
    “the light dims, bluing the retina”
    • heat (metal) so as to give it a greyish-blue finish.
      “nickel-plated or blued hooks”
  2. 2.
    historical
    wash (white clothes) with bluing.
    “they blued the shirts and starched the uniforms”

 

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Words I Love 74 – Mellow

It’s been a while, so here’s an apt word for today and the mood I am in…

mellow

mellow

ˈmɛləʊ/

adjective

  1. 1.
    (especially of a sound, flavour, or colour) pleasantly smooth or soft; free from harshness.
    “she was hypnotized by the mellow tone of his voice”
  2. 2.
    (of a person’s character) tempered by maturity or experience.
    “a more mellow personality”
    synonyms: easy-going, tolerant, amicable, amiable, warm-hearted, warm,sympathetic, good-natured, affable, gracious, gentle, pleasant, kindly,kind-hearted

    “I believe you are growing mellow with age”

    verb

  1. 1.
    make or become mellow.
    “even a warm sun could not mellow the North Sea breeze”
    synonyms: relax, calm, settle, mature, improve; More

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Words I Love 73 – Ambient

It’s been a while, but I’m back with the latest in this occasional series. Today’s is apt after an afternoon listening to ambient music maestro Brian Eno

ambient

ambient

ˈambɪənt/

adjective

adjective: ambient
  1. 1.
    relating to the immediate surroundings of something.
    “the liquid is stored at below ambient temperature”
    • relating to ambient music.
  2. 2.
    relating to or denoting advertising that makes use of sites or objects other than the established media (e.g. by placing slogans on the back of bus tickets).
Origin
late 16th century: from French ambiant or Latin ambient- ‘going round’, from ambire .

 

 

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Words I Love 72 – Trapezoid

Today’s new word…love this one…

Trapezoidal

trapezoid

trap·e·zoid (trăp′ĭ-zoid′)

noun

1. Mathematics

a. A quadrilateral having two parallel sides.
b. Chiefly British A trapezium.
2. Anatomy A small bone in the wrist, situated near the base of the index finger.
3. Sports An area in the shape of a trapezoid marked behind the goal line and the goal in ice hockey, where the goalie isallowed to play the puck.

[Originally, a quadrilateral with no parallel sides (later confused with trapezium, originally, a quadrilateral with two parallel sides), from NewLatin trapezoīdēs, a quadrilateral with no parallel sides, from Late Greek trapezoeidēs, from Greek table-shaped : trapeza, table; seetrapezium + -oeidēs, -oid.]

trap′e·zoid′, trap′e·zoi′dal (-zoid′l) adj.

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Words I Love 71 – Emergent

New word today…

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emergent

ɪˈməːdʒ(ə)nt/

adjective

adjective: emergent
  1. 1.
    in the process of coming into being or becoming prominent.
    “the emergent democracies of eastern Europe”
    synonyms: emerging, beginning, coming out, arising, dawning; More

    antonyms: declining, mature
    • PHILOSOPHY
      (of a property) arising as an effect of complex causes and not analysable simply as the sum of their effects.
  2. 2.
    ECOLOGY
    of or denoting a plant which is taller than the surrounding vegetation, especially a tall tree in a forest.
    • of or denoting a water plant with leaves and flowers that appear above the water surface.

noun

noun: emergent; plural noun: emergents
  1. 1.
    PHILOSOPHY
    an emergent property.
    “knowledge is an emergent of this interactive process”
  2. 2.
    ECOLOGY
    an emergent tree or other plant.
    “emergents tower above the top canopy”
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Words I Love 070 – Erudite

New word…can’t believe it’s been a month!

erudite

erudite

ˈɛrʊdʌɪt/

adjective

adjective: erudite
  1. having or showing great knowledge or learning.
    “Ken could turn any conversation into an erudite discussion”
    synonyms: learned, scholarly, well educated, knowledgeable, well read, widely read,well versed, well informed, lettered, cultured, cultivated, civilized,intellectual; More

    antonyms: ignorant, ill-educated

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin eruditus, past participle of erudire ‘instruct, train’ (based on rudis ‘rude, untrained’).
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