It's 4 in the morning, the end of September, here in London town I'm drunk on fatigue and elation, but I just had to add to this thread : Leonard, toda raba, thank you, merci from the bottom of all our hearts.
So astonishing that Leonard can be at the same time a man of love, of truth, of lust, of sorrow, of joy, AND a man of peace and reconciliation.
So amazing that one single person can combine qualities so rare in a single body : humility, heart, soul, intelligence, sexual magnetism, warmth, love, friendship, simplicity, complexity, honour, sensuality, seriousness, wit, wisdom and the ability to communicate all of the above to people of every type from aged 3 months (hello, little Or).
So touching that after 2 years on the road, Dino is still moved to tweet that he's proud to be with Pops.
I just had a pleasant thought : thinking of Leonard, how he might be feeling right now, I imagine him joyous and proud at the amount of love he has given and received lately; I imagine him going home to the warm embrace of Anjani, and Adam and Lorca and his sister and so many others, knowing at some deep level that if he ever hoped his life would touch other lives, have a purpose beyond poetry and pleasure, then now he knows it does, and continues to evolve with ever more resonance and meaning.
Leonard is, to paraphrase Orson Welles, Some Kind of a Man. I always knew that - even when he, and I, were much younger, and people scoffed at my adoration of a man often dismissed as nothing but a gloomy womaniser. Feh! What do they know?!
Now, if only our woeful 'World Leaders' at the UN summit could summon up some humility and wisdom, wouldn't that be grand...?
Love to all, Shana Tova beautiful Leonard,