Seeing as it’s very close to that time of year when we celebrate the ‘light in the dark’,
in festivals as diverse as Halloween and Diwali, the beautiful Beautycalypse and I were discussing our favourite ‘light in the dark’ songs. I mentioned Neil Young’s Light a Candle
and, before she turned out her Northern Hemisphere light, and turned in to bed, she reminded me to listen to Leonard Cohen’s Anthem.
So I did; listen, and then I listened again, and again. And then some. I ADORE (IS THAT LOUD ENOUGH?) Leonard Cohen. My words can’t fully express how his music, his voice, his poetry, soothe my soul. Although I must confess that, half the time, I really don’t know what he is on about, but, still, I feel his songs wrapping around my heart like a cosy, comforting, well-worn shawl, saying ‘It’s okay, it’s okay, life can be lived”. Or something, like that; the words are faint; the feeling, the embrace, is strong.
Listening to Anthem, took me back to one of my earlier posts, Ring in the Spring , where I wrote that “we know, deeply, that even a broken bell has its own essential resonance”
Considering my recent visit to the Slough of Despond, I found Leonard Cohen’s reference, (and my own), to the hope/light/life in cracked bells very reassuring; if not sweetly, sublimely, uplifting. So, thank you Beautcalypse for helping to let the shine through, all the way to my small, temporarily “broken” place at the bottom of the world.
And thank you, too, to all my readers and followers and commenters who have been little beacons of light
gently guiding me out of my momentary Slough. If I could sing like Leonard or Neil, I would sing an anthem to you 🙂
Instead, I will share my Millennium Prayer Candle, which has been by my side, and lit on every important occasion, since its first lighting on New Year’s Day 2000.
These are the words of the Millennium Prayer Candle
The Millennium Prayer
Let there be
Respect for the Earth
Peace for its People
Love in our Lives
Delight in the Good
Forgiveness for Past Wrongs
And from now on
A New Start
And sincere apologies to anyone if they can see that I have now somehow ‘earned” a WordPress ad at the bottom of my post! Grrrrr!