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The Terror and Privilege of Mourning

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Leonard Cohen is dead.  Long live Leonard Cohen.

Letting go of a person whose words and music have touched us at the deepest  soul level is one of the most difficult tasks human beings face.  Love, irony, beauty, self deception, horror, and . . . , always . . . , truth . . . , these themes place Leonard Cohen’s work in the highest order of the arts.  As poet, novelist, singer, songwriter, musician, monk, and of course – ladies’ man –  (I smile at his ironies as i write this last), for more than five decades he wooed us to the gates of enlightenment with his earthy wisdom, his “golden voice,” and his unshakable compassion for our wayward ways.

Leonard Cohen is dead.  Long live Leonard Cohen.

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