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  Ne frustra vixisse videar! - (Sonnet)
by Peter J. Oszmann
Saturday, December 12, 2009
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*(Let me not seem to have lived in vain)

I lived, because living became my fate,

Ordained to walk the face of Mother Earth,

To sweat, toil, labour, something to create,

To love truly… for whatever ‘twas worth…


Instead of insight I collected thorns,

Clawing, tearing the fabric of my heart,

I tried planting wisdom yielding acorns,

Yet I never managed to become smart.


It will not be long before I depart

- Time will be up, with near nothing achieved -

To my Creator to return my heart

N’ my tortured soul that so often grieved.


My soul got tainted with un-wished for stain;

But let me not seem to have lived in vain.


© P.J Oszmann (2008)

Illustration: “The Eye Of God”  Space photograph, taken by the Hubble Telescope (from public domain)  (I selected the photo in honour & memory of Tycho Brahe*, although the poem itself – apart from the title – has nothing to do with him)


* Ne frustra vixisse videar! (Latin) = Let me not seem to have lived in vain.    Attributed to Tycho Brahe, these were the words he – reputedly - uttered to Kepler, near his death.

* Tycho Brahe, born Tyge Ottesen Brahe (14 December 1546 – 24 October 1601), was a Danish  nobleman known for his accurate and comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations.


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/14/2009
These are sentiments that many who read will relate to, Peter. Thank you for sharing your sonnet. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 12/12/2009
Classic sonnet, giving the reader the coup de grâce as it were in the last two lines. Not many of us can survive a lifetime without having our souls tarnished, so this then is a poem for us all . . .
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/12/2009

This is absolutely gorgeous. Wisdom in these lines, especially the last - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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