Careful what you wish for

To die young and beautiful

To desire this really!

What striking, utter vanity!

What heroism in that?


To die old and withered

To struggle till the end.

What wisdom resides in old bones?

What joy being bed-ridden!


To die trying hard

To live, love, and understand –

What other meaning could we give it?

What other life is worth living?

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