when he attempted, and failed,
to start to write his life story.
He wrote his first draft,
of a just a few of the facts
and so hated what he wrote
that first he hid it from himself
then he burnt the paper
as if that would destroy the past,
must have been very unhappy
for it to trouble him so;
he was always such a cheery soul.
for an optimist to contemplate
is built on ignoring
everything they have lived through.