--attributed as Ludwig Von Beethoven’s last words
Shall it be Goethe’s, “Light, more light!”?Though, Voltaire could hardly distinguish
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.”
But what about, “So little done; so much to do”?C.J. Rhodes was certainly correct.
Who has done so much in life to believe
“Death [will] have no dominion”?
“Dying [of course] is a very dull, dreary affair,”W. Somerset Maugham said but only once,
And I agree. Indeed,
There will be no fog rising in the distance
Or light at the end of some mysterious tunnel.
I can only imagine that great ending linesCome with vision and revision
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?”
Or perhaps Socrates’, “Crito, I owe a cockTo Asclepius, will you remember to pay the debt?”
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.