If there is a principle in my life
that stands behind any visible act
or serves to motivate in times of strife,
it is this very simple and small fact:
I have been given many things to keep,
some of which may need to be protected,
and a dear few, watched over while they sleep;
this sacred duty is not neglected
while I still breathe and am able to stand.
I have sworn to die defending my own,
to face whatever ill comes to my door.
But I have no right to rebuff a demand
by slaying the villain. Know this alone:
my life will never be worth killing for.
28 JAN 2003