Saturday, January 06, 2007

"Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam"

I read a post today which was titled "Days of Wine and Roses". This phrase sounded very sweet, but I I wasn't exactly sure what it meant, there was also no explanation in the blog, so I did a quick search with Google. I found out that it was from the poem "Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam" by Ernest Dowson.

Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam

They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.

I got my hair cut yesterday - really really short. An act of defiance and liberation. I often think one of the greatest gift to possess is personal independence of other people's opinion and the belief in yourself. Sometimes you can lose yourself if you are too eager to please someone else. I am happy I lost a bit of my fears.

3 Kommentare:

Cheryl said...

Okay, thanks for making me cry with the Wine and Roses poem, I haven't read that in years!

And you're so right about losing yourself in a desire to please someone else. It's so easy to do that.

projektleiterin said...

Hugs. :)

that girl n said...

Wandered over from Ravelry... That poem holds such memories. Three years ago, we did a concert/recording which included a setting of it. The published version wasn't quite right, so the composer sent us handwritten corrections. One of our basses, already nearing the end of his life at that point, made us a fair copy in some typesetting software, so this poem is now eternally wrapped up n all those memories.

Bah, sorry to wander in on such a downer; I'm bouncy and cheery most of the time, really!


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