My father Nick D'Orazio died in March of 1985, but I don't remember the date. I think my mother-in-law, Helen Stabosz, died in March also, but I don't remember the date or the year.
I turned fifty-six years and 1/3 years old on March 1.
"Birth, death, and copulation, that's all there is," said T.S. Eliot in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Marvin Gaye quoted him on one of his album covers. Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 and was shot to death by his father on April 1, 1984, one day shy of his forty-fifth birthday.
All this was a long time ago, I
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had
seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different;
this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like
Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these
But no longer at ease here, in the old
With an alien people clutching their
I should be glad of another death.
- T. S. Eliot, The Journey of the Magi