Posted on March 21st, 2010 by .

March 21 is World Poetry Day.

When I travel, one of the first things I pack is a book of poems. Reading poetry in a different city is always a magical experience to me.

To celebrate World Poetry Day this year, I would like to share a Leonard Cohen poem with you.

Why Leonard Cohen? Because it is here in his hometown of Montreal, more precisely at McGill University, that Cohen discovered a vibrant local “boho-literary” haven for young poets. Since his very first poems, Cohen’s work has largely been influenced by life in Montreal.

So here’s a small offering to you, on World Poetry Day,  from Leonard’s second volume of poems, The Spice Box of Earth, published in 1961.

I Wonder How Many People

I wonder how many people in this city
live in furnished rooms.
Late at night when i look out at the buildings
I swear I see a face in every window
looking back at me
and when I turn away
I wonder how many go back to their desks
and write this down.

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