For Leonard Cohen

These poems, written in January of 2018, were published in Noon #14, August 2019, except for “snow falling,” which appeared in Gift of Silence: A Haiku Tribute to Leonard (Ottawa, Ontario: Éditions des petits nuages, 2018), edited by Angela Leuck and Mike Montreuil.

the ash of poetry

filling the hearth . . .

winter chill

                silently I add

                a hallelujah . . .

                first snow

                                dark aquarium—

                                a crack in my poem

                                lets in the light

                                                kelp swelling

                                                in and out

                                                I become the ocean

                                                                snow falling

                                                                after the funeral

                                                                a deeper silence