Were it pronounced I was about to die,
As someday certainly will be the case
(And sooner seems more sure than by and by),
I would not wish to go and leave no trace.
To leave instead the highest and the best
Of all it is that I still have to give—
My whole potentiality expressed—
Is how I ardently intend to live.
But since it may be that this very day
Is destined for my last, then I must make
The best of all I do, which is to say
This sonnet’s written for the future’s sake
Enunciating you as well as I
Both aim to be immortal though we die.