by Stefan Gonev
The author portrays in both the picture and the poem a person who could only be happy through drugs, but once he stops using them, everything in his life clears up. This makes it so everything makes him happy.
The poem consists of one 3-line stanza. It goes from 6 words, to 5, and to 4, consecutively, holding a simple structure throughout a poem.
"Only One Thing" uses simple language. It can be seen as one sentenced separated by commas. It also uses the repetition of the word happy at the end of both the 1st, and 3rd line.
Cohen's poem uses an A - B - A rhyme scheme with the repetition of the word happy.