Hemingway's Lost Note Nearly Found
…but it is damned depressing
to have already done one’s best.
I have always intended to die
in an accident of my choosing…
Doctors gave me another five years without drinking.
I returned that present unopened since
one cannot possibly be reasonably abstemious
in a throng of solid, sober, soda-sucking citizens
so I feel I must destroy myself
before God succeeds in defeating me.
No blood as I tap these keys –
tell them clean keys were the death of me.
Children, I am going to stop talking now.
This is no excuse for you to stop listening - Papa