Amichai’s Top 50/35 “You Want it Darker”

There’s a lover in the story
But the story’s still the same
There’s a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it’s written in the scriptures
And it’s not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame

Leonard Cohen’s farewell album includes this haunting hymn for looking life in the eye even as it ends and the darkness rises.

Hinneni: Here I am. We kill the flame.

Of all his many songs that I’ve loved over the years, the many I’ve sung or wept to – this, final ode, resonates today. I’m ready for whatever next, and no I don’t want it darker but I recognize the older I get that it’s here, and it’s here to claim. Thank you High Priest of poetry. Entering Shabbat with gratitude after a tough week of emotional turmoil with the ancient word: Hinenni. Here I am.

Shabbat Shalom

Amichai’s Top 50: Soundtrack of my life. 4/20-6-8 2019/Passover-Shavuot 5779

– Amichai

Amichai’s Top 50: Soundtrack of my life. 4/20-6-8 2019/Passover-Shavuot 5779

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