The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again, I seemed to hear them say
Don’t dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be.
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in
My quotes for today are the first verse and refrain from Leonard Cohen’s song, Anthem. Anthem is one of my inspirational favourites–I often listen to it on my phone. The song has much to offer, but these are the two phrases that stand out for me:
The idea that there is always a crack of light or sliver of possibility; that change is possible, even when it is hard to imagine, is very encouraging. There is probably more than one meaning to ‘Forget your perfect offering’ in the context of the full song, but I like to take this phrase at face value, as an invitation to write, despite awareness or fear of imperfection. I smiled to myself when I learned that Leonard Cohen perfected this song over a 10-year period before he finally performed it.
The YouTube video below was recorded live in London, in 2008. I chose this performance as it is the one that I have on my phone.
Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal, Canada in 1934. He was a published poet and novelist before his debut as a musician in 1967, at the Newport Folk Festival.
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