*translation: "Art is long, life is short"


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'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.”




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 (,")
2019-08-24