Reminiscence, California circa 1983

I must have been about 13, in California with my mother. She was smoking pot in a small white pipe that gave some rough edge to her hippie looks. She was listening to a Leonard Cohen song, I was eating bubble gum ice cream that I had gotten from the truck stop across the road. My tongue was blue and it strangely echoed the color of the man’s raincoat in the song.

I have listened to that song many times since then and have always wondered what it was really about: a love triangle, a woman named Jane, Leonard Cohen in love with her and her in love with some other man. A whole intimacy hinted at, unsaid and yet so very present.  A song about forgiveness and gratitude many years after the initial feeling of betrayal and hurt? I wonder.

The song: Leonard Cohen – famous blue raincoat



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