William Vollmann – “A Traveler’s Epitaph”

I can’t say I know much, but I’ve loved, maybe too much; maybe from love I’ll get my death. I’ve seen Madagascar and walked the frozen sea. I have no trade, make nothing but pretty things which fail against the seriousness of rice. I’m not well or wise; I fear death; but I’ve never failed any woman I loved. I never refused gold bracelets to any wife who asked them of me. When they did me evil, I received it gracefully; when there were good to me, I gave them thanks. I denied none esteem, never heeded shaming words. I can’t say I’ve done much or been much, but I’m not ashamed of who I’ve been. I don’t ask your forgiveness or rememberance. I’m in the flowers on my grave, unknowing and content.

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