Never Too Young for Leonard Cohen

Our twelve year old son had a nightmare and was snuggled into bed with me.

He asked what I was reading. It is poetry by Leonard Cohen, from ‘The Spice-box of Earth’, quite ‘G’ rated for Mr Cohen.

I thought, why not read some out loud to him, you can never be too young to hear good poetry.

It’s so good for them;- nourishment for their mind.

Kids are so ‘open’; they let the words in, let them float around in their heads, allowing the words to draw pictures in their minds

Here are two he especially liked-

‘I Wonder How Many People in This City’

I wonder how many people in this city

live in furnished rooms.

……… (due to copyright unable to include the entire poem, but you could look it up on Poem Hunter) 

And another-

‘An Orchard of Shore Trees’

An orchard of shore trees

precise because of autumn

…..(due to copyright unable to include the entire poem, but you could look it up on Poem Hunter) 

Do you read poetry? Who do you prefer? I’d love to hear about it,

Thanks for reading :))

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About juliehyndman

Writing, poetry, art and life in general
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One Response to Never Too Young for Leonard Cohen

  1. EllaDee says:

    I love the idea of reading anything to kids but poetry is an exceptional idea. I like both the L.C. poems – have never read any before. I like poetry but don’t read it as widely as I’d like/should… something for my old(er) age perhaps. I have an affection for Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Kubla Khan has gotten me through many stressful times – “In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure-dome decree / Where Alph, the sacred river, ran / Through caverns measureless to man / Down to a sunless sea…”, and Bruce Dawe & Kenneth Slessor 🙂

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