I’m ready, my lord
I want it darker – Leonard Cohen, 2016
“Well Marianne it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine. And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”
July 2016, Cohen’s farewell letter to Marianne was read at her funeral.
I’ve always loved his beautiful poetry. So deep, intense and often with fathomless wisdom.
Mr. Cohen’s music has accompanied me on my own life’s path. I could find strength or comfort in his words. On a few occasions I was guided by them, sometimes he made me see the obvious.
Listening to his words is like reading one of the best books ever written.
When I learned about his passing, this morning, I felt incredibility sad and lost. Almost as the death of a good friend. I could not help myself but I was unable to withhold my tears.
Few know I am a huge fan because I kept my love for his music and words safely tucked away in my heart.
Not because out of shame. For me his poetry tasted best when close to my heart.
Thank you Mr. Cohen for the beauty of you words, your poetry. It mattered to me, it made a, sometimes huge, difference.
Maybe one day we’ll meet I’m sure.
You’ll talk about Marianne, I about Princess. We’ll smile and write. Enjoy a few beers.
So long, Leonard.
*The word ‘Hineni’ means ‘Here I am’ in a spiritual sense, which is what Abraham says and means to God to indicate his readiness when he is called on in Genesis.