The Chelsea Hotel,
Cohen sure met Nico there.
They took the elevator
and climbed-up heaven's stairs.
Lenny didn't meet Dylan
for Thomas was long-before
with his pints and his poetry,
empty-bottles on the floor.
Cohen did meet Joplin
and put her in a song.
Wow, Nico and Janis;
like the hotel dead and gone.
When she and her partner come to blows
the girl inhales a powder-up-her-nose.
A damn-fast high? Get-off-on-speedy-toes !!
I hear the-poet-Wordsworth
was a guy-with-an-odd-gait
who skated like a poor cow.
Can't say I've seen a cow skate !
She said "You have panache
and you are so-prolific.
Everybody has his price
yet you've told me more than twice -
and yes to be specific -
a poet is not worthy of the name
should he seek fortune over fame."
Find he'd the handsome-look
of young war-poet Brooke,
and she was as pretty as the flower in her hair.
She might have been an island-girl
from the South Sea part of the world
and the bloody-war for peacetime mistook.
"Were men meant to fly
they'd have been born with wings."
So, were men meant to swim
they'd have been born with fins?
Whistling down the ages -
like a wind through the pages
of a book on his work -
Whistler whistled down
as from a tower above a town
into the hardness of the earth.