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this rings true (poem by leonard cohen)

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Out of the thousands

who are known,

or who want to be known

as poets,

maybe one or two

are genuine

and the rest are fakes,

hanging around the sacred precincts

trying to look like the real thing.

Needless to say

I am one of the fakes,

and this is my story.

 

© “Thousands” by Leonard Cohen. In (2006). Book of longing.Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, p. 73.

 

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4 responses »

  1. definitely not a fake

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    • 🙂 thank you.

      i read the word in the sense of “not real” or “not authentic” and in that it points to this continuing process of peeling away the layers of acquired persona.

      BTW: according to a dictionary of etymology, the likely source is feague “to spruce up by artificial means,” from German fegen “polish, sweep.”

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  2. That poem really sticks with me. Leonard Cohen is just incredible.
    Fyi, did you know what the biggest difference between competent and incompetent people is that incompetent people are absolutely sure they’re competent, whereas competent people have a slight suspicion they might be incompetent. It probably applies to feeling like a fake as well!

    ps. nice post on compassion, btw. It was revelation to me when I realized that unconditional compassion also meant compassion to those who were behaving badly. At the time I didn’t comprehend just how benefitial it was for me, as well.

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  3. “The biggest difference between competent and incompetent people is that incompetent people are absolutely sure they’re competent, whereas competent people have a slight suspicion they might be incompetent”

    For such clear insight: Thank you.

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