“Certainly not you,” I said. This pleased him. “Certainly not my family,” I continued. “Certainly not M — or any man.”
“Not friends. Not work. Not school. Not books,” I continued.
“Not money, my house, this country, my memories.”
“Not the laughter of children, my child, not hope, even.”
“Or a kiss, lips on wet skin, not even an in-breath.”
But, when I imagine Mary — the sad eyes, those tears, her vast love — I find myself thinking there’s that, at least. I can trust that, certainly.