Better to love and mourn than not love
The Old Man's Love Song articulates New Mexican anthology editor, fiction and non-fiction writer, and university professor Rudolfo Anaya's (born October 30, 1937) ardor for his beloved wife and best friend Patricia Anne Lawless (1924 - January 5, 2010). It begins with the retired high school literature teacher becoming ill, convalescing at home and in the hospital, and dying in her soul mate's arms. It calls upon her soul mate's happy childhood with a moon-driven mother and sun-guided father and a happier adulthood with a blue-eyed, fair-skinned literature classmate, Anglo mother to two daughters. The 170-page, 27-chapter novella describes the widowed soul mate, a retired literature professor, reconciling memories of true love with enjoyment of loving friendship.