Not so easy lying,
Camouflaging death from friend and foe.
I can hear ’em scold me:
‘The bugger could have told me.’
But I despise goodbyes. Best just to go.
Piece of cake the faking,
Not so easy shaking
The joys of resignation’s clammy grip.
Scribbling to evade her,
Once I would have paid her
Danegled—now she gains with every slip.
Danegeld: A sum on money paid or demanded in order to ensure safety against a more powerful enemy— Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (Historically from the Viking invasions and settlement of Britain.)