How to Be Remembered, a Madrigal

He wants to be remembered when he dies;
he doesn’t care quite how, but don’t forget.
Going’s less important than how he went.

He wrote his own obituary–lies
about spies, explosions, and a corvette.
He wants to be remembered when he dies;
he doesn’t care quite how. But, don’t forget

good stories outlast the grave. Otherwise,
no one cares enough to feel regret
over the loss of another poet.
He wants to be remembered when he dies.
He doesn’t care quite how, but don’t forget.
Going’s less important than how he went.