Hello and welcome to you all for this Open Link Night. This is Gayle and I’m happy to be your host for the next couple of days.

As August winds down and all of the Leo birthdays in my family have been celebrated my thoughts now turn to the Virgos in the family…me included. My oldest daughter was born one day after my birthday which is on the 5th of September…what an amazing gift that year. My granddaughter Mira was born on the 3rd of September. So every year we have a big party for her and then at some point in the week we all head out to dinner together where aunties, grandmas, nieces, (a new baby sister!) and anyone else around gathers for our “Virgopalooza” celebration. Hard to believe Mira is turning five years old! My gosh, where has the time gone? This year I’m also going to have an extra sister and my oldest brother from California visiting so the fun will be enhanced even more.

I discovered that Leonard Cohen was also a Virgo and so decided to showcase one of his poems/songs that was beautifully recorded by Judy Collins in 1966. I’ve included a video where you can hear her lovely voice and the lyrics follow.

Leonard Cohen

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever
And you know that she’s half-crazy but that’s why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her that you have no love to give her
Then he gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer that you’ve always been her lover
And you want to travel with her, and you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind
And Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then until the sea shall free them
But he himself was broken, long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him, and you want to travel blind
And you think you maybe you’ll trust him
For he’s touched your perfect body with her mind
Now, Suzanne takes your hand and she leads you to the river
She’s wearing rags and feathers from Salvation Army counters
And the sun pours down like honey on our lady of the harbor
And she shows you where to look among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed, there are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love and they wil lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds her mirror
And you want to travel with her, and you want to travel blind
And you know that you can trust her
For she’s touched your perfect body with her mind

Songwriters: Leonard Cohen
Suzanne lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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I look forward to reading your choices. Gayle ~
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