A Broken Hallelujah

I just finished an article about Leonard Cohen, the singer-songwriter who has been around like forever it seems. He is in his eighties and still making good music. As an older guy myself, I find that encouraging.

Cohen’s most famous song is Hallelujah, a “rapturously bleak” song about morality, sexuality, and transcendence. At the end of the day I will give a broken hallelujah for what I have done and for what I have not done, for who I am and who I am not, for what I want and what I won’t get, and for all other humans around the world in the same situation as I am. Let’s remember to cut each other some slack.

Cohen has a famous line from a different song (Anthem): “There’s a crack in everything/that’s how the light gets in.”

I have an image in my mind of a roomful of cracked pots being filled with grace, with light, with warmth and love and all good things. As that is happening let us remember how important our thoughts are. May all us crackpots fill our empty insides with thoughts that move us and all our love and light in the right direction. Amen, Namaste.


  1. I like that song and album that it’s on. I was a city gardener back then, when it came out. Remember listening to it thru a “walkman” (does anyone know what that is?) in downtown, east end Toronto…

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