This is one of those There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in things.
When I originally posted the document, I misidentified it. That would be the crack.
I then received the following correction (spoiler alert – this is the light getting in part):
From Marianne Ihlen
This card is his “permit to stay in Greece” we all had this card and I think it lasted for about 3 month at the time. No cars on Hydra as you probably know.
All good things from Marianne (So Long—)
OK, I admit to some ambivalence. While I dislike posting anything in error, receiving a gracious correction from Marianne Ihlen is, I discover, not an altogether unpleasant experience.
Note: Originally posted March 30, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Days Of Kindness
By Leonard Cohen
Greece is a good place
to look at the moon, isn’t it
You can read by moonlight
You can read on the terrace
You can see a face
as you saw it when you were young
There was good light then
oil lamps and candles
and those little flames
that floated on a cork in olive oil
What I loved in my old life
I haven’t forgotten
It lives in my spine
Marianne and the child
The days of kindness
It rises in my spine
and it manifests as tears
I pray that loving memory
exists for them too
the precious ones I overthrew
for an education in the world
The location is the home Leonard Cohen shared with Marianne in Hydra, the typewriter is Leonard Cohen’s Olivetti Lettera 22, the necklace – well, I don’t know much about this particular bit of bling, but we’ll soon see it again, albeit worn over a shirt rather than Leonard’s naked chest.
Note: Originally posted April 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Leonard then, what did he look like?
“Oh, he was beautiful!”
MARIANNE: I never felt that I looked like much at all. I didn’t believe it when Leonard said ”you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen”. And he has continued saying that. But what I mean is that… I think I had too round a face. So I have gone round looking down all my life. But after all I did have… you know the sun bleached my hair, and after all you were … in Greece you were so blonde, so blonde, so blonde, because there they were mostly dark. Skinny. Almost no boobs. laughs To my great regret.
NARRATOR: Leonard then, what did he look like?
MARIANNE: Oh, he was beautiful! Haven’t you seen pictures of Leonard when he was young? Oh yes, you have. He was marvellous. Neither did he think that he looked like much. We both had problems. You have no idea. We often stood in front of the mirror before going out and wondered who we were today and stuff like that. Oh god, how strange we human beings are, you know…
Marianne Ihlen, from an interview with Kari Hesthamar, Norway, 2005. Transcript found at LeonardCohenFiles. Originally posted Dec 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Soon after the first Leonard Cohen Hydra Stealth Bench1 report from Roman Gavrilin (aka Hermitage Prisoner) appeared, Cohencentric received this communique from Joy Ezekiel, another Cohenite agent currently on Hydra.
Now 24 hours after the planting of the stealth bench it can revealed that it was an English led operation. As a strategic and blame avoidance scheme, a mixed bag of Europeans were filmed near the site. Politicians from Netherlands and Ireland are seeing it as a blatant fueling of fire over Britain’s threat to referendum their continued inclusion on the European Union. The value of the pound against the Euro is expected to rise sharply when markets open on Monday.
Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post and photo immediately below text by Marie Nolan
- As many Cohenites know, the proposed Leonard Cohen Hydra bench project, undertaken in commemoration of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s 80th birthday, has been placed on hold due to objections from a local homeowner. Now, however, a stealth bench, constructed of exotic materials and embedded with sophisticated cloaking technology to create the illusion to the naked eye and in photographs that the massive facility is little more than a board and a couple of stones, has been deployed. [↩]