Out of the thousands

Out of the thousands
who are known,
or who want to be known
as poets,
maybe one or two
are genuine
and the rest are fakes,
hanging around the sacred precincts
trying to look like the real thing.
Needless to say
I am one of the fakes,
and this is my story.

— Leonard Cohen

2 responses to “Out of the thousands

  1. An interesting gesture of self-irony by Cohen to call himself a fake. But who is not a fake then?

  2. I think he’s serious. But I’d like to know who he’s thinking of too…

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