Sunday morning I went for a walk on Mount Royal. There is a park there which overlooks my city – Montreal. I wanted to see my college debating partner’s, Leonard Cohen’s, gigantic portrait painted on the wall of one of the skyscrapers and visible for miles.
My mood was somber.
Leonard’s words in his song ANTHEM ‘There is a crack/A crack in everything/That’s how light gets in’ kept reverberating in my mind while I, fighting back tears, tried to erase from my mind’s eye the picture of a six-year old Ukranian boy standing near his mother’s grave on which he had heaped his most precious possessions – all the food that he possessed: a carton of juice and two tins of beans.
In the courtyard of their house, Vlad Tanyuk, 6, stands near the grave of his mother Ira Tanyuk, who died because of starvation and stress due to the war.