Sophia and Philosophia

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‘To Warm Our Hands’


Lovers often die shortly one after the other. Romeo and Juliet. June Carter and Johnny Cash. My grandfather and my grandmother. Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen.

Marianne was the inspiration, most famously, of Cohen’s song “So long, Marianne”, but also of “Bird on the wire” and poems from the collection Flowers for Hitler. Cohen’s last words for her reached her just two days before her death—and a few months before his own. They said: ‘you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don't need to say anything more about that because you know all about that’. And: ‘I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine’ (at this point, tells the friend who read the letter to Marianne, she stretched out her hand). And: ‘Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road’.


Wittgenstein, Ludwig, 1889-1951