it is better to be happy
for a moment
and to be burned up with beauty
than to live a long time
and be bored all the while
-Don Marquis, the lesson of the moth
Some years ago, I picked up a copy of Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems for Hard Times in my college bookstore. In it I found the poem I’ve quoted from. It’s a simple poem, but it’s one that takes my breath away. I highly recommend reading the whole thing.