Well, I know I'm biased but I always thought one of the best poems I ever wrote is this one: a tale of a romance that was never meant to be, inspired by attending a Leonard Cohen at the Leeds University Student Union Building in 1972 with a semi-detached girlfriend.
For Roz: Leonard Cohen Plays Leeds (1972)
You claimed to have a steady boyfriend who none of us ever met Many years after your attempt to catch up with me again Too late, I realised the reasons why
If only: you hadn’t always tried to impress If only: just once you’d dropped your facade If only: I’d been bolder, braver and challenged your silly games But you played hard to get so I got another
I still recall the way Cohen sang that night The upbeat arrangement he used for So long, Marianne How the backing singers sang the lines “to laugh and cry and cry and laugh”