What I Would
If I were as
young in years again as I still am inside,
I should make me a list of a
few things to do before I die:
To go at
least once clear around this jolly world.
To live with
"savages" and in jungles now and then
and learn how splendid they are.
To ride and
read and shoot and play and study and think
and be silent with such
enthusiasm that every moment
of unnecessary sleep would be a crime.
To live so
fully that most people would seem dead on their feet.
To own a
magnificent telescope and by frequent use never
to forget the humor of my
size and place and ambitions in the universe.
the things all over again, for I have
done them and am still at it, and I
For just this
once I have broken my motto of "Don't tell."
forget everything that I have said, and live your own life!