AS GOOD AS I COULD BE
for Copthorne Macdonald
Should I have lived a better life than this?
Some say we always do the best we can,
And therefore in the last analysis
I couldn’t hope to be a better man.
Though this may seem a cowardly excuse
For failing to try harder to do good,
Perhaps no other choices would produce
A better outcome, rightly understood.
If I had known better and could do it,
Believing it the best way I might go,
I would have had the motive to pursue it
And had no inclination to say no.
Therefore I think I rightly may conclude
I’ve sowed and reaped and won what I’ve pursued.