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....if she had looked up at that moment, his nurse would
have seen his toes moving in waltz time to a tune that only he could hear.
Through the willow window he could see the stars and the Moon and he remembered
how, as a child, he would lie on his back and be overwhelmed by the wonder at
it all. But now he was old and almost finished and yet he still could conjure a
picture in his head of him at seventeen dancing to the Blue Danube. And that
was his final thought before life finally took him back. If there was a God,
and he felt sure that there was, then the music was some part of God - a sliver that
rippled across the universe, an echo of God’s love, and to the man this was greater
than all the wonders of the world. But if there was no god, then the waltz was
written by an ape that had only recently walked upright and had created these
notes while it cried to the stars: and that, to him, was just as breath taking.....
bobby stevenson 2013