Leonard Cohen’s Letter To His Muse

Photograph by Rama - own work

Photograph by Rama – own work

The passing of Leonard Cohen last week may have come as a shock to fans, but it wasn’t something that he himself had not recently given thought to. In a letter that he had written to his long time muse, Marianne Ihlen who passed earlier this year, he wrote that he would ‘follow [her] very soon’. Since first meeting in the 60’s the two remained ever close, even with Cohen going on to have other relationships resulting in children and grandchildren.

Marianne passed away on July 28th this year, just two days after being read the letter by her close friend Jan Christian Mollestad. Mollestad also read the letter live on air through the Canadian radio station CBC. The letter itself read;

“Well Marianne it’s come to this time where 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 reach out your hand, I think you can reach mine. And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that. But now, I want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”

Cohens death on November 7th came as a shock to fans around the world, and was just over a month after the release of his final album, You Want It Darker.

 

Zoe Owen

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