Sunday, November 24, 2019

Leonard Cohen 30-Day Tribute ... Day 2: Happens to the Heart

Day 2: What Happens to the Heart

Not only does Cohen have a last album, he has a last book: The Flame. (available on Kindle)

Amazon's write up:
“There are very, very few people who occupy the ground that Leonard Cohen walks on.” ―BONO
The Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world. Featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits, The Flame offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist.

A reckoning with a life lived deeply and passionately, with wit and panache, The Flame is a valedictory work.

“This volume contains my father’s final efforts as a poet,” writes Cohen’s son, Adam Cohen, in his foreword. “It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end.”

Leonard Cohen died in late 2016. But “each page of paper that he blackened,” in the words of his son, “was lasting evidence of a burning soul.”


"What Happens to the Heart" is on the album and in the book. For me, his voice is such a crucial piece of who he is that I prefer to hear him. However, when I read this poem in the book yesterday, I could hear his voice in my head.

Here's the video ... enjoy!
What Happens to the Heart


  1. Yummy. I couldn't get your link to work -- it just showed two photos, so I found it on FB.

    You're right -- it's in his voice.

  2. Technology! The link works on mine but thanks for posting the link.