Ballad of the Absent Mare by Leonard Cohen

My mum introduced me to this beautiful ballad. I love the lines:

‘Oh the world is sweet
the world is wide
and she’s there where
the light and the darkness divide
and the steam’s coming off her
she’s huge and she’s shy
and she steps on the moon
when she paws at the sky’

The story of the cowboy following an absenting mare feels deeply rooted in the ancient British myth of Pwyll’s pursuit of Rhiannon and is oh so familiar.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Ballad of the Absent Mare by Leonard Cohen

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s