Never Mind (poem by Leonard Cohen)

I first heard this as a song on the second season of True Detective but I think parts of the poem can resonate for Heathens, the loss of the old ways, hiding in plain sight and other things (“Our law of peace”).

http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/nevermind.html

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/leonardcohen/nevermind.html

NEVER MIND

The war was lost
The treaty signed
I was not caught
I crossed the line


I had to leave
My life behind
I had a name
But never mind

Your victory
Was so complete
That some among you
Thought to keep

A record of
Our little lives
The clothes we wore
Our pots our knives

The games of luck
Our soldiers played
The stones we cut
The songs we made

Our law of peace
Which understands
A husband leads
A wife commands

And all of this
Expressions of
The High Indifference
Some call Love

The High Indifference
Some call Fate
But we had Names
More intimate

Names so deep
and Names so true
They’re lost to me
And dead to you

There is no need
That this survive
There’s truth that lives
And truth that dies

There’s truth that lives
And truth that dies
I don’t know which
So never mind

I could not kill
The way you kill
I could not hate
I tried I failed

No man can see
The vast design
Or who will be
Last of his kind

The story’s told
With facts and lies
You own the world
So never mind

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