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If Only

Exegi monumentum aere perennius
Were that to be  true,I would clearly  be a genius
Like Quintus H.  Flaccus who presented us with that trope
Inviting every poet to share that selfsame hope
Of clothing our visions in immortal verse
Which is what our poetry seeks to rehearse.

With words aplenty  we endeavour to imitate 
What Raphael in his bright art did delineate
When he transformed his beloved Fornarina
Into that sacred symbol Caeli Regina.
But how pale is our verbal imitation
Beside such delicate delineation.

Bacon with his  spare aphoristic  style
Readers of every age does beguile.
Keen  and sharp his words pierce rapierwise
To etch his meanings  tartly through our eyes.
His work will eternally  live on
For us he remains a paragon.

Wildean wit is our next port of call
As with earnestness he does us enthrall
And with his epigrams makes us all smile
As he toys with words  forever and awhile
His aesthetic makes language both sing and  dance 
Will we ever behold his like again perchance?

If only I could marry Raphaelesque immaculate conception
With the acute  penetration  of Baconian perception
To the  gossamer lightness of Oscar's touch
Then would my  poetry be improved much.
So it would be that every generation 
Would consider my efforts truly  Horatian.

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  1. Date: 12/30/2013 3:01:00 PM
    If only things could be different than they are. Nevertheless, your poem was exceptional

  1. Date: 7/15/2012 5:43:00 AM
    Great work..I am glad that I chose this one to read this morn..Wonder poetry to read with some education included..Sara