I heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.
If I am dumb beside your body
while silence blossoms like tumors on our lips.
it is because I hear a man climb stairs and clear his throat outside the door.
— Leonard Cohen, “I heard of a man,” Let Us Compare Mythologies. (Ecco; 50 Anv edition May 29, 2007) Originally published 1956.