We live in exclamation and die in cipher;
Life's manuscript we write with plan and care.
Down through the years our acts we hope to share
With those unborn, from prints our deeds decipher.
Fame, wealth, and power -- goals we in life pursue;
Euphoria sniffed out of a pipe's wild dream.
Who can withstand slow Time's eroding stream
With vanities washed out from mortal view!