Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Half The World

"The candles burned, the moon went down
the polished hill, the milky town
transparent, weightless, luminous,
uncovering the two of us
on that fundamental ground,
where love's unwilled, unleashed, unbound
and half the perfect world is found"

Leonard Cohen
Book of Longing

So sad to hear of the death of Leonard Cohen, such an inspirational and talented writer, poet and musician (and the other great love of my life!)


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    1. So beautiful and speaks for itself, I think, Frances x

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    1. He wrote some beautiful poems, as well as songs. Such an artist.

  3. That is such a lovely poem. Thank you for posting

  4. So, so saddened by the news of Leonard Cohen's passing. I spent all weekend watching documentaries on this amazing man, interviews throughout the years, pre monastery, post monastery, listening to his repertoire, as well as people's stories about him, lucky enough to have met the man in person.

    'Half the Perfect World' became an instant favourite of mine when I first heard it performed by Madeleine Peyroux.

    A true gentleman, he will be greatly missed for his talent, his generosity, his kindness, his creativity, his charm, and his clarity.

    Here is a short video of the artist revisiting his home on Hydra. This is where he first felt truly inspired and vibrant. The light in Greece, he has said, is like no other light in the world, for one can truly see oneself for what he is.

    And speaking of light, one of his most famous refrains from a song called 'Anthem', which has gone completely viral this past week, speaks volumes on life, and the human condition:

    Ring the bells that still can ring
    Forget your perfect offering
    There is a crack in everything
    That's how the light gets in.

    Take care, Marianne,

    1. Thank you for this Poppy. So good to hear from another devotee of Leonard Cohen, writer, poet, singer, performer, philosopher, lover and all round amazing human being. Someone who spoke to so many hearts and minds. Strangely enough I came across an article about holidaying in Hydra and was talking about taking a trip soon with my husband on the Monday he died. We will visit.

      Thank you too for the video clip which I shall look forward to watching later today, chores done. The lines from Anthem are lovely and have always been some of my favourites. So many beautiful lines.

      Sending you love, Poppy

      Marianne xx

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    1. He truly was a troubadour for our times and much missed.

  6. One of my all time favourites, I think I have every one of his songs, now on my phone etc. rather than record, cassette or cd. That means I carry him around with me everywhere.

    1. I carry him around with me too Friko, in my head, in my heart, on CD or Sonos. My poor husband!!


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