|Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Note from Joe: Sometimes this poem is printed as shown above, but other times the middle line is given as “But if I had to perish twice”. I do not know which is the original version. Do you?
Note added later: It seems that the very first time this poem appeared was in December, 1920, in Harper’s Magazine. That version had “it”, not “I”.