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*(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 which means that there is so much knowledge or skill to acquire in art that a lifetime is not sufficient to master it all.):

Ars longa, vita brevis;
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 wordless beauty
that is hard to grasp 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, like love, can make no sense;
but—as in poetry—be true to heart
always: for it makes all the difference!


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