--attributed as Ludwig Von Beethoven’s last words
Between a candle and the flames of hell.
I might be more inclined to say something
Like Enrico Fermi’s, “I hope it won’t take long,”
Or maybe Douglas Fairbanks’ quip will do:
“I’ve never felt better.”
Who has done so much in life to believe
“Death [will] have no dominion”?
And I agree. Indeed,
There will be no fog rising in the distance
Or light at the end of some mysterious tunnel.
Like Hamlet’s “O, I die, Horatio! …the rest is silence,”
Or Louis the 14th's “Why are you weeping?
Did you imagine that I was immortal?”
Ah, to be so honorable and just at once.
But why should I worry about it after all?
I still have enough time to get it right. Though lately,
Pancho Villa’s “[Please] don’t let it end like this.
Tell them I said something!”
Might do in a pinch.