Ars longa, vita brevis is a Latin translation of a maxim coming originally from Greek. The Latin quote is often rendered in English as Art is long, life is short--which means there is so much knowledge/skill to acquire that a lifetime is not sufficient.

Ars Longa, Vita Brevis


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!

Poetry by Ngoc Nguyen The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-08-18 at 12:49

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Poetry is a feeling, it is a passion
and the honest words of every poet...
Nice one Ngoc (,")