How the light gets in

The Statue of Liberty as seen from the Staten Island Ferry, 2007

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.  — Leonard Cohen


  1. carlahutto

    Beautiful scene…beautiful sentiment!!

  2. Ellis

    fantastic shot and lyrics! Remember “Sisters of Mercy” by Cohen? “If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn, they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.”

    • Ellis, AMAZING that you would bring that song up…I had no idea Cohen wrote it, although I have sung it to myself over and over since you taught it to me nearly 4 decades ago! I remember every verse but the lines you quote are my favorites. I told you that you’ve been helping me survive all these years! 🙂

  3. Love it!

  4. Gloria Armstrong

    What a beautiful picture! I wish I had that enlarged and framed. I like the poem. A nice reminder. Hope you’re having a good day. It is a gorgeous day here. Max and I had a nice leisurely walk. I am still waiting for UPS to get here with my pump. I only scheduled one late appt. today, but he had to reschedule, so I don’t have to go in at all. But, the remainder of the week is busy. Love to all, Gloria

  5. Kathy

    A reason to celebrate our broken-ness, when our first tendency is to try to seek perfection. I’ve started seeing irregular seashells with new eyes.

    • An interesting thought about the seashells! Jeff and I have a trip scheduled next year to go to Sanibel and Captiva; I hope we are able to keep our plans.

  6. Dear Julia, I just bookmarked this post to my “favorites.” Thank you!

    • You’re welcome! It’s one of my favorites, too. Definitely in my top 5 out of over 900. I’m glad you like it.


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