(Brooke’s generosity Blog)
September 8, 2019

We went to see “The Farewell” playing at the Princess on Labour Day weekend. It was lovely and caused much conversation. The plot was familiar as a powerful observation on family dynamics in facing the mortality of a loved one. Rich in imagery and authentic, honest emotion around grief, this movie inspired perspective and wisdom.

Reviewer Elliot R. Wolfson says; “‘Come Healing,’ a poem that is a prayer clothed in quintessential nakedness, an anthem that celebrates and laments the wholehearted fragmentariness of the human condition, the brokenness of the promises one never dared to vow.”

There is a delicious paradox in “The Farewell” in that it speaks to the complexity of our human desires to hide 0ur feelings as long as we can. We do this with loved ones in the name of compassion. It is ultimately futile to attempt to run from our emotions, yet we all do it.

I liked this film. It touched me in ways that recalled the emotions I felt when people I cared about became sick and died.

Perhaps the most powerful moments came at the end (do not worry, this is no spoiler) when the music summed up with grace and beauty the convolutedness of our capacity to hide from emotions, with (what else), a Leonard Cohen poem.

The poem was featured in his 2012 album “Going Home.” The song in the movie was sung by soul singer Elayna Boynton. Here is the poem. May it bless you.

Come Healing

O gather up the brokenness and bring it to me now
The fragrance of those promises you never dared to vow
The splinters that you carry, the cross you left behind
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind
And let the heavens hear it, the penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb

Behold the gates of mercy in arbitrary space
And none of us deserving, the cruelty or the grace
O solitude of longing where love has been confined
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind
O see the darkness yielding, that tore the light apart
Come healing of the reason
Come healing of the heart

O troubled dust concealing, an undivided love
The Heart beneath is teaching to the broken Heart above
O let the heavens falter and let the earth proclaim:
Come healing of the Altar
Come healing of the Name

O longing of the branches to lift the little bud
O longing of the arteries to purify the blood
And let the heavens hear it, the penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb
O let the heavens hear it, the penitential hymn
Come healing of the spirit
Come healing of the limb