HERE’S THE DEAL
You have your life, however long or short,
And many ways to choose as you go on;
But at the end, assume you’ll face a court
Who’ll ask you sternly to reflect upon
All you have done and who you have become
And how you’ve used your opportunities
To serve the world and shun opprobrium:
Will you stand tall, or fall upon your knees?
Well, as for me, I hope my loved ones will
Report I’ve cherished and cared for them all,
And that professionally I did fulfill
My charge to serve my students, great and small.
But last, I hope some verses may survive,
The best my wit has labored to contrive.