A Short History of Art

by Kevin T McEneaney

If we possessed all Greek literature,

painting, and sculpture, we’d be overwhelmed,

proceed to learn, study Greek dialects,

while their music would be irrelevant.


Vivaldi’s one hundred lost operas

make me curious, even if they all

sounded like the same on-going fiddle—

not all lost works are sure masterpieces.


All life is a fresh, renewing river

where the flow never repeats itself.

The central tragedy is that the arts

often become sacrificial victim

to ignorance, prejudice, politics.

Yet adept artists turn loss into gain.