A Letter of Gratitude to My Dead Husband

“Quiet: Genius at W” — Self-portrait by Raphael Shevelev (owned by author)

Dear Raphael — Today, December 10, 2021, would have been your 83rd birthday. You didn’t make it. Three months ago, after a few days in which the pain, the debility and the morphine threw you into terrifying anguish, you ceased being your normal self, and you fell into a deep sleep that went on for nearly twelve hours. And then you were dead.

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