Denial isn't all bad the way everybody makes it out to be. A reporter phoned to get a reaction from John O'Hara about George Gershwin's sudden young death. O'Hara said: "I don't have to believe it if I don't want to."
So sometimes I try to think of my friends and lovers as if they've just moved to Minnesota or Finland -- hard to visit, hard to get on the phone. But they're still alive and I could get lucky next week and see them and talk to them and have dinner with them again, and it will be just the way it all used to be. I could hear the sound of their laughter again.
In memory of friends and lovers
Remembered by Bob Merkin, USA