I heard this on the radio this morning. On a doubly sad day, at the end of a very sad week, here’s Leonard Cohen reading the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.


32 Comments on “Remember”

  1. Rickonagham says:

    Lovely remembrance.


  2. Tony says:

    A timely, thoughtful and fitting tribute to all concerned …. and a beautiful and deceptively simple looking sketch in its own right. Thank you Shari.


  3. Bernadette says:

    Gorgeous! I could eat this image. It is eye candy to me.
    thank you for sharing this stunning floral.



  4. Susan says:

    Yes, I heard it too. Kind of fitting today. I’m glad there is a recording of Leonard Cohen reading that poem. Lovely painting, Shari. Thanks.


  5. Gaelle1947 says:

    Wonderful expression of remembrance – a two-fold remembrance – for the fallen soldiers, and for our beloved Leonard Cohen, a “soul” soldier – In a biographical video, he said something to the effect that poetry “wasn’t a calling, but a life sentence” – one that he served so well to become a voice of his generation, and that of generations to come. He was old in wisdom beyond his years back in the 60s , and for those of us who remember that era, he remains “forever young” in spirit.


    • Yes, there are so many good quotes in all the news media this week, including a lot on the radio during a phone-in show from people who knew him in Montreal. I saw him in concert several times in Montreal, and they were shows I will never forget.


  6. Barb says:

    Hope your delightful and vivacious poppies are the finale to this very sad week.Thanks Shari


  7. Barbara Beynon says:

    Thank you, Shari, for linking to this stirring, heartbreaking recitation. Too many losses to take on this week. Community and community of creatives in particular are healing over time, I believe.


  8. Monique says:

    How beautiful..Leonard Cohen..and Veteran’s touching Shari w/ your poppies.


  9. Ross Sutherland says:

    Thanks Shari great watercolor….I’ve sent you the song I played when I heard of his passing to your email


    • Argh… Music can’t cross borders! iTunes won’t let me download my song because I’m not American!!!
      Thanks so much for this Ross! I am frustrated that I can’t listen to it because it is such a thoughtful gesture.


  10. Thank you, Shari. Your post is so deeply thoughtful and then further, beautifully expressed with your own brushwork.


  11. Bernadette says:

    I listen to Leaonard Cohen’s recitation of “In Flanders Field” many times today. He recited the lines with such passion and your watercolor reflects the same feeling.
    Thank you.


  12. I’ve listened to this piece as well as many of Leonard Cohen’s songs last night and today. They are always quite moving, as are your loose poppies. Lovely!


  13. M. L. Kappa says:

    What a lovely idea, Shari. I love the poem, and the reader, and your poppies!


  14. linder322 says:

    Thank you for that reading of “Flanders Fields” and the beautiful poppies.
    What a sad, numbing week for us all.
    I did a collage/painting after my Dad died 20 years ago. He was a WW2 vet so it included
    poppies, his photo and the poem on the back. It hangs in our hall.
    Your post brought up so many memories for me.
    Cohen’s reading was so sad and somber, reflecting the current mood here in


    • Hi Linda,
      It was a very sad day because of course on Remembrance Day I was thinking about my dad who just passed away, who was also a veteran, and then Leonard Cohen who was of the same generation and lived in the same area as where my dad was from, etc. All that sadness jumbled up in me and then they played all that sad music on the radio. It was too much.
      I can’t believe what is going on in Portland. We can’t help but feel like we are a part of it all, even in Canada. Crazy times for all of us.



      • linder322 says:

        Hi Shari,
        Thanks so much for your response.
        What a very sad week for all of us.
        I know the recent pain of your Dad’s loss coupled with other events must have weighed heavy on you.
        I’m still in a state of shock, feeling I really don’t know my fellow Americans very well.
        How this man can be our president is still beyond comprehension.
        I weep for the United States.
        All my best,


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