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