observations and opinion
November 10, 2016. We learn the news of Leonard Cohen’s passing. There is a particular grief in it, during this week of such loss and hurt.
Tonight, on this eve of Remembrance Day, there is a song from Leonard Cohen which resonates. It is the Story of Isaac, the Biblical tale of sacrifice.
Cohen was a poet but he didn’t try hard to disguise his message in Isaac: it’s about how the older generation will so easily sacrifice the younger. And how they must stop doing it.
Cohen spoke of war. And what war so often is – the hand of the past, robbing the future – is what politics has become too.
We are living it.
And also, because it is the most beautiful and forgiving things ever made, the halting letter to a friend, “Famous Blue Raincoat”