This week marked the passing of Leonard Cohen, a poet and ordained Buddist monk. Maria Popova describes him as the “patron saint of sorrow and redemption” as she writes about the impact of his life and his work in this week’s Brain Pickings. And Bob Dylan has described Cohen’s songs as prayer like.
It seems especially appropriate to remember his legacy during these changing times. From the song “Anthem” he wrote:
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”
Along this same vein, in the iconic “Hallelujah” (above) he wrote: “There’s a blaze of light / in every word / it doesn’t matter which you heard / The holy or the broken hallelujah”.
If you would like to learn more about the legacy of Leonard Cohen, check out David Remnick’s article in the New Yorker.