For those of you who find the Dec. 21 close of the Mayan calendar a bit disconcerting, just remember that doomsdays come and go. We offer this Robert Frost poem for your end-of-the-world musings. The poem appeared in the December 1920 issue of Harper’s Magazine.

Fire and Ice

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.
—Robert Frost

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