If you have it you don’t think about it
so acquiring it is the means of forgetting it
because if you don’t have it you’ll think about it
and you’re embittered thinking about it because
to think about it is to acknowledge yourself
incomplete without it because you know you are
better than that, surely you are better
than the many who have it thus need not
think about it the way, after Death,
you won’t think about Death either.
—Joyce Carol Oates