‘there’s a crack, a crack in everything’

The Secret Garden © 2022 Lee Anne Morgan

Nine years ago, I first passed this door on a walk to the Riverfront, wondering what was behind the battered portal encircled by brown, twisted vines. The withies will offer fragrant blooms in a few weeks, but whatever lies on the other side of the entryway remains a mystery.

Cracks in the door enable light to caress secret things, reminding me of powerful lyrics in the song, Anthem by the legendary poet and singer Leonard Cohen. His words are prophetic, piercing the heart of realities in today’s world. Yet his music is filled with longing and hope. (I selected lyrics from a favorite stanza, but a 6-minute video follows, containing all the words and music, captivating images, and Cohen’s deep, soft, gravel voice—if you’re inclined to watch and listen.)

We asked for signs
The signs were sent
The birth betrayed
The marriage spent
Yeah, and the widowhood
Of every government
Signs for all to see …

While the killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
A thundercloud
They’re going to hear from me

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

Light weaves itself into our hearts and minds. We seek to soothe others and ourselves while hoping to receive answers to prayers only our souls can hear.

Today’s images radiate light. Their color and vibrance exploded in mere days, disregarding cloud-filled skies and Mother Earth’s crusty winter cracks for rebirth. Enjoy!

Black Trunks. White Blossoms. © 2022 Lee Anne Morgan
The Tulip Grove © 2022 Lee Anne Morgan

Thank you for visiting me today. Have a peaceful and joyous weekend as this season of light unveils Spring’s glory!


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