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Ars Longa Vita Brevis ©

Frank E Gibbard
London, England
2006

I thought to myself what if there had been no Art
No Michelangelo genius, no music of Mozart
No William Shakespeare nor any Dickens
The Western chortle of the wry Slim Pickens
None of the greats that need no enumeration
Who make life worth the aspiration
Imagine your likely constitution
Without aesthetic restitution
Unimaginable aridity of the soul
Would be the inevitable social toll
An artless heartless sort of hell
Such a society would be, well just unwell
It would be somewhere Iíd not care to dwell
Nowhere Iíve lived Iím relieved to tell.
Artistry can be such a boon to lives
As water a thirsting throat revives
A sad state of mind may not last long
After a gay rendition of a Sinatra song.
Art is art for all of our sakes
One vital cell that a whole person makes.



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