Leonard Cohen Performs A Miracle In Bucharest!
By Oana Maria Cajal
My mother, Balcica M., is now 84 years old. She lives in Bucharest, Romania. In the past few years she has been painfully sad, trying to adjust to my father’s absence from this world. They were together for 50 + years. They were One. A very long time ago, at the age of 14, my mother published her first volume of poetry. Since then, no poems! Until this Christmas, when she happened to listen to Leonard Cohen recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep”. After listening to him, my mother quietly sat at her winter blooming window and, in one breath, she wrote a poem! She eagerly phoned me and, from across the ocean, overwhelmed by emotion, said: “I am alive again!” Soon Balcica M. will be finishing her new volume of poems, to be published in spring. After 70 years! Yes, Leonard Cohen is right! Poetry is proof of life! Thank you infinitely LC, for inspiring my extraordinary mother to write again, to be alive again!
This is her miracle poem, in my English translation. The words are inscribed, by Romanian artist Jorj Paduraru, on thin paper made of fish netting, dried jacaranda leaves and ashes of Life…
For Leonard Cohen
by Balcica M.
Listening to you
I descend inside your heart
Slowly caressing its heartbeats
You are so alive!
I feel my soul touching yours
Let me find its gold, that gold
That brings our being into light
And takes it to infinity
Let me gather that longing
From your divine voice
I am so close to your magic nearness
You are not singer
You are not poet
You are that miracle
We gather up our hearts and go,
A Thousand Kisses Deep
Text and art work: Oana Maria Cajal
More work by this artist can be found at Oana Maria Cajal. She also maintains a website at www.oanacajal.ca and a Twitter account at http://www.twitter.com/@OanaCajal
Note: Originally posted January 7, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric