From the final act of Puccini’s opera ‘Turandot.’
Susan listened to Pavarotti singing the aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ the night before she died. That music, and the close-to-God look on her face is my last living memory of her.
“Nessun dorma’ is Italian for “None shall sleep.”
But now Susan is asleep, some say forever in an un-life of oblivion; others say until Jesus returns; and others say she is awake in an eternal world of wondrous glory.
And I say, I don’t know. But I fear the worst. That I will never be with her again. And that is why this empty house that we shared now resounds with the sustained high-note aria that moved her soul.