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Rated: E · Poetry · Philosophy · #2222645
The translation of the Latin aphorism, "Ars Longa, Vita Brevis," is this poem's title.
*(“Ars Longa, Vita Brevis” is a Latin translation of an aphorism coming originally from Greek. The Latin quote is often rendered in English as, “Art is long, life is short.” The aphorism quotes the first two lines of the Aphorismi by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates. The aphorism is a proverb that means there is so much knowledge or skill to acquire that a lifetime is not sufficient to master it all.).


Poetry requires skill and meter,
    and a poet of golden heart;
or he will stumble and teeter.
“Ars longa, vita brevis.”

A poet must seek inspiration,
    and write with love and art
to create grace with elevation.
“Ars longa, vita brevis.”

A divine gift from the Nine Muses
    and Apollo, poetry never departs
from the poet Destiny chooses.
“Ars longa, vita brevis.”

When the poet's dormant afflatus
    awakens, we'll witness the start
of his Muse's creative genius.
“Ars longa, vita brevis.”

Poetry's not for the dilettante,
    nor the weak and faint of heart,
the cavalier or nonchalant!
“Ars longa, vita brevis.”

More austere than science or math,
    poetry demands the mind of Descartes,
and the will for the Pierian path.
“Ars longa, vita brevis.”

Poetry acts like gravity (for rhyme):
    it keeps them from flying apart
in this universe of Parnassian time.
“Ars longa, vita brevis.”

Poetry is at times speechless beauty
    that's difficult to express or impart,
like Creation's vast infinity.
“Ars longa, vita brevis.”

Poetry can soothe the soul
    at the deepest, innermost part,
where body and spirit are whole.
“Ars longa, vita brevis.”

Poetry can sometimes make no sense;
    but—as in Love—be true to your heart
always: for it can make all the difference!
“Ars longa, vita brevis.”
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