If God had come to me and said,
if you are willing to forget yourself,
you will find the cure for heart attacks and compose
the greatest symphonies,
I wouldn’t have been sure of my answer.
Because there wouldn’t have been enough
attention to my suffering. And that’s unforgivable.
But I keep on forgiving myself
with God’s love. And it’s strange I should say this
because my mother died of a heart attack
after months in a hospital room full of a silence
that lodged itself like a stone in her throat.
And she thought I was wonderful
and would do anything for her.