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A Crack in Everything

I found some moments of provocation and pleasure at The Musée d’art contemporain (MAC). In the exhibit A Crack in Everything many artists pay tribute to our man Leonard Cohen. | Chandler Coaches Inc

Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in¹

~ Leonard Cohen

Our imagined March Break plans cracked at the last minute. Forget our perfect offering…

And yet, we found moments of connection and delight in Montreal with cherished friends.

And I found some moments of provocation and pleasure at The Musée d’art contemporain (MAC).  In the exhibit A Crack in Everything many artists pay tribute to our man Leonard Cohen².

These two impatient seven-year-olds (pictured above) rushed my friend and I through the exhibit. Our rushed visit felt “imperfect” and it definitely was not how I had planned to take in the exhibit.  Yet, this beautiful photo is now a lasting reminder how the cracks of imperfection let the light in.

Rumi said, “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

The Japanese fill cracks in broken pottery with gold dusted lacquer in the centuries-old art of Kintsugi. By adding beauty and uniqueness to what is broken, they emphasize the fractures instead of hiding them. And while Kintsugi blocks the light that could shine through the cracks, seeing beauty in the flawed (the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi) is what Leonard is also celebrating.

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I read that The Navajo, after weaving a perfect rug, interrupt one stitch to “let the world in”. 

And Chinese potters of some lost and ancient dynasty, having finally completed a flawless work, created a small chip to “let their soul out”.

Leonard Cohen. Rumi. Kintsugi. Navajo weavers. Chinese potters.

A crack is where the light comes in.

A wound is the place where the light enters.

A fracture allows beauty from brokenness.

A stitch of imperfection lets the world in.

A small chip lets the soul out.

It seems fitting to end in song.  I give you a bit more of Anthem:

The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be

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

 


¹ Full lyrics for Anthem here; or watch Leonard live in London, 2008.
² If you’re a fan, you have until September 2018 to take it in.
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