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It can be interpreted many ways. But cohen chose words refering to the love of a woman which is about to leave. The explicit is also important, not only the implicit.

She will go, you are prepared to what will happen to you since you've been through this experience, but you will suffer anyway as the first day. And if you don't suffer the loss of love, you have not fallen in love.

"As someone long prepared for the occasion; In full command of every plan you wrecked - Do not choose a coward's explanation that hides behind the cause and the effect".

You are prepared, but there are no excuses, face the fact and suffer what you have to suffer. You will suffer anyway.

"It's not a trick, your senses all deceiving, A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust"

There is no way out, no trick, you have loved with all your senses, wisdom will not help here, the light of the morning will make as real in all your flesh.

"Do not say the moment was imagined; Do not stoop to strategies like this"

Don't fool yourself. Again the same message.

"And you who were bewildered by a meaning; Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed - Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost"

Don't ask for a meaning. Just say goodbye. Don't mix with explanations, don't stayed linked to the past, even if it was an epiphany, . Mourn it as much as you need, assume it, code broken (no words to explain it), no religion to relieve it (crucifix uncrossed), reality is there with its full power, whatever yoe ito with your mind.

Face it: It's the only way to be redeemed.

Beautiful words chosen by Leonard to say this.

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