Comfort Ndlovu


Vitae Summa Brevis


On Matobo Hills there I sat
and the cells of my brain quietly I ate,
My mind piled like the majestic rocks in sight,
My heart firm like the mountains thereof -
wondering where the world is going when still I am like a statue - stagnant,
wondering if the world won't go round and round and round 'till no progress is made -
wondering, also, if the rays of the sad sun suddenly may rise
And remind revellers: 'VITAE SUMMA BREVIS, ' 'MEMENTO MORI' and
'ARS LONGA, VITA BREVIS.'

*GLOSS:
a) Vitae Summa Brevis (Latin) - The Short Span of Life,
b) Memento mori (Latin) - Remember that you must die,
c) Ars longa, vita brevis (Latin) - Art is long life is short.

Submitted: Saturday, July 06, 2013
Edited: Thursday, July 18, 2013

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Nomatter how sweet or sour life is, it will always be short. Nomatter how often our art is rejected, 'Ars longa, vita brevis! '

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