ROSHI AT 89



Roshi's very tired
he's lying on his bed
He's been living with the living
and dying with the dead
But now he wants another drink
(will wonders never cease?)
He's making war on war
and he's making war on peace
He's sitting in the throne-room
on his great Original Face
and he's making war on Nothing
that has something in its place
His stomach's very happy
the prunes are working well
There's no one going to Heaven
and there's no one left in Hell


- Leonard Cohen,
Mt. Baldy, California, 1996







Leonard Cohen
and Joshu Sasaki Roshi


(Title page of
Shambhala Sun Magazine
,
September 1998)





Copyright © 1996 & 1998 by Leonard Cohen.
Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.




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