“A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Friday, May 17, 2013

A Broken Hallelujah

In a heart’s pure cry,
soaring notes seek redemption
while in brokenness.

the search seeks to find reasons
for the brokenness.

Confirm love’s true reach.
The plea rises and tumbles
out of brokenness.


Judy at Peace Be With You said...

My profound thanks to Leonard Cohen for writing his hauntingly moving Hallelujah and to KD Lang for her masterful interpretation.

Karen said...

Leonard Cohen, a Canadian icon. I have been privileged to see him many times in concert over decades,(and KD as well).

Cohen in an interview stated "what I mean by 'Hallelujah'. That regardless of what the impossibility of the situation is, there is a moment when you open your mouth and you throw open your arms and you embrace the thing and you just say 'Hallelujah! Blessed is the name.' And you can't reconcile it in any other way except in that position of total surrender, total affirmation. There's no solution to this mess. The only moment that you can live here comfortably in these absolutely irreconcilable conflicts is in this moment when you embrace it all and you say 'Look, I don't understand a f***ing thing at all – Hallelujah!' That's the only moment that we live here fully as human beings."

KD's version is good, but nothing beats his own.
A tour when I met him,(in Canada) and was completely and utterly awestruck, with his wisdom and insight.

Gail said...

JUDY - your words inspire as truth in all its brokenness sheds light and is truth I, as you know, am moved by this song and its passion for the dark night of the soul. "Hallelujah"
Love to you

Muffie said...

I really do love that song! Your words, too, inspire me!!

Laura said...

one of my all time favorite songs... for me it has been through the brokenness that I've discovered my wholeness. blessings to you dear Judy.

Sherri said...

Leonard Cohen is my favorite poet, artist, Buddhist, inspiration... his words are incredible... his voice.. oh man.

I have never heard this version by KD Lang... I'm so glad you shared it! I've always enjoyed her voice, she has such talent. And what she does with this song is amazing!

And your words... they ring so true... and pure... the brokenness.

Patrick Leer said...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Judy. I so needed to listen to this today. God bless you.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

I feel as if my life currently is a broken hallelujah so this song really speaks to me. There is no playbook for how to emerge from this brokenness except to utter hallelujah in surrender, in praise, and in hope. The support of friends like you ferries me through the brokenness, and for that I thank you.

Karen, thank you for the fabulous background notes on the song and Leonard Cohen.

Gail, thank you for reminding me of this song when I most needed it.

Muff, it always surprises me when others find my words inspirational when all I am doing is expressing my brokenness, but I’m glad you find inspiration in my words.

Laura, discovering wholeness through the brokenness is an amazing concept. Thank you for your blessing.

Sherri, thank you for your kind words.

Patrick, no, thank you, because if I have been of help to you in whatever small way, that is the greatest reward I can ever receive.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, moving, and deserving of notice...just like your blog. Thank you:)

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Musing, thank you for your moving words.