© Chuck Duboff: Just months before passing, Leonard’s life long muse and love, Marianne, was on her deathbed. He wrote a letter to her in which he expressed his timeless love for her and that he would soon be joining her on the next journey.
Leonard’s Letter to Marianne:
‘Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.
“And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and for your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey.
“Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”‘
I’d like to try to read your palm.
I used to think I was some kind of Gypsy boy
before I let you take me home.
to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.
but you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the angels
and then the angels forget to pray for us.
deep in the green lilac park.
You held on to me like I was a crucifix,
as we went kneeling through the dark.
Then why do I feel alone?
I’m standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
is fastening my ankle to a stone.
I’m cold as a new razor blade.
You left when I told you I was curious,
I never said that I was brave.
I see you’ve gone and changed your name again.
And just when I climbed this whole mountainside,
to wash my eyelids in the rain!