*“quiz”: (archaic meaning) question, mystery, enigma, puzzle, riddle, quandary, conundrum, dilemma, etc.

''O Muses! What Is Genius? Is It Born?'' (1st draft)

O Muses! What is genius? Is it born?
Or is it taught? Why do some possess it,
and some do not? These questions are outworn!
As riddle over which to obsess, it
only matters that genius brings forth art,
music, poetry, mathematics, dance,
religion, and science—to endow heart
and reason to witless souls which, perchance,
we know as “Man.” Genius is not for wasting,
or for consuming it upon one's lust:
rather, it is meant for God Everlasting;
to bring Him praise before one turns to dust.
Whatever genius's mystery is, it's His
to give as He pleases—of that there's no quiz!

Sonnet by Ngoc Nguyen The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2020-06-09 at 02:57

Tags Genius  God  Muse 

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As I've been writing over a decade, I too am bothered by these questions: What is Genius? Is it acquired or learned? Well, the debate will go on and on, but your sonnet made me think. Good work, Ngoc. :)