For I was told that I had loved the man who had given me life,
even as I loathed the woman who had helped him do it.
Catholicism had saved me in my unborn state,
& for that, I would be indebted to it forever.
My earliest memories
had been recorded on a machine
that was still rapidly developing,
so that they were subject
to being recorded over—
like a double exposure.
I trusted David with my heart & life & body
as surely as I trusted God,
whoever He was,
with my soul.
When I’d thought my father dead,
I’d hated him;
when I found him alive,
I loved him,
if for no other reason
than that I had been told I had,
once loved him.
I’d visited an empty grave,
when I could’ve been visiting a living person.
Rather than stroll through the valley of the shadow
of another’s death,
I could’ve been living in the light
that was my life.