“Leonard, I will miss you.”

You Want it Darker

John Simmons
John Simmons

Leonard Cohen’s last great song, released just weeks ago. His words have inspired and uplifted me for nearly 50 years. Leonard, I will miss you. But your words remain and they are as powerful as ever.

Hineni = ‘Here I am’ in Hebrew. Like Bowie, Leonard left a song to mark the fact that he was about to leave us and was ready.

Leonard’s first record – Songs of Leonard Cohen – was given to me by Linda very early in our relationship. For me Leonard is always the poet of powerful positive emotions, but especially of love. Hate might win a few battles, but love endures, love always wins the peace. Leonard’s words and music are the soundtrack of a love that lasted 50 years and, like his songs, will continue.

A few months ago, his former lover and muse Marianne was dying and he wrote her a beautiful letter. A letter that we might now apply to Leonard Cohen himself.

‘Well Marianne it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.

And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”

~ John Simmons


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