Tuesday, October 11, 2011

"Came So Far For Beauty"

La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta. Fotos Abstractas. Fotos abstractas.Leovi from La Fotografia Efectista Abstracta/Abstract Photos has a wonderfully creative tribute to poet, philospher, singer Leonard Cohen at his blog for all 31 days of the month of October.
Since I have 'worshipped at the altar' of Leonard Cohen for many years, I just had to participate. 

Cohen, a native Montrealer, wanders freely throughout this city (when he is here) - especially in his favorites haunts of the city called Outremont and The Plateau

Once when my grandaughter was about five years old, she went out for an early breakfast with her father at a well known cafe in The Plateau, and ended up seated at a counter beside Leonard Cohen. 

Cohen, who can never resist a beautiful woman, no matter what her age, asked my grandaughter her name. 

"Indya", she replied. 

"Indya", said Cohen, "that's a very auspicious name.  Now you must work hard to live up to the name you have been given."  

Indya had no idea who this man was, nor what the word 'auspicious' meant.  Apparently she smiled shyly.  Cohen patted her on the head, smiled at her father and they all resumed eating their breakfasts.  Sweet.

Today I want to honor Cohen with an image dedicated to his song "Came So Far For Beauty".  I've always like Jennifer Warnes interpretation of this song. 

The photograph was pulled from my archives and is of the window of an art gallery displaying paintings that made me think of Cohen's piercing lyrics about the sacrifices we make for beauty.  I wonder how many of us have left our "masterpiece unsigned" because of a frantic, futile quest for beauty?

Came So Far For Beauty

I came so far for beauty
I left so much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned

I thought I'd be rewarded
For such a lonely choice
And surely she would answer
To such a very hopeless voice

I practiced all my sainthood
I gave to one and all
But the rumours of my virtue
They moved her not at all

I changed my style to silver
I changed my clothes to black
And where I would surrender
Now I would attack

I stormed the old casino
For the money and the flesh
And I myself decided
What was rotten and what was fresh

And men to do my bidding
And broken bones to teach
The value of my pardon
The shadow of my reach

But no, I could not touch her
With such a heavy hand
Her star beyond my order
Her nakedness unmanned

I came so far for beauty
I left so much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned

~ Leonard Cohen


  1. A beautiful tribute and I think your photo definitely shows the meaning of the song.

    Bright blessings,

  2. Realmente maravillosa, nadie como tú para hacer una interpretación tan buena, me encanta, con una textura de lujo para una deliciosa composición. Muchas gracias por sumarte hoy al homenaje a Leonard Cohen de una forma tan brillante y emotiva. Un abrazo.

  3. Lovely story about your granddaughter and Mr. Cohen. Lucky girl.

    Anything by Leonard Cohen intrigues me, especially this song.


  4. Wonderful post Bonnie!
    I have been following this on Leovi's blog, and it is really so beautiful.

  5. That is a precious story and what a wonderful memory; your post is a wonderful tribute and such a great image - the processing is lovely and the message clear. Thanks. kareninkenai


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