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Da Vincian Thinking for the Hungry: Free Verse Poem

Audrey's desire to help others respect and understand human behavior led her to study psychology at UCLA.

Leonardo da Vinci April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519 (aged 67)

Leonardo da Vinci April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519 (aged 67)


I have always been fascinated by the mind of a Genius, whether it be Einstein, Beethoven, or Henry Ford. My curiosity, which sometimes drives me crazy, seems to escalate as I grow older minute-by-minute. It's as though I want to hurry up and learn before I run out of time.

My passion for music, particularly studying the pianoforte, ignited a hunger within me, spurring me on to read the life stories of great classical composers such as Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin. Then, while working toward a music degree and a bachelor of arts, I decided to teach students mastering in music. Oh, how I reveled in sharing the anguish and ecstasy of these early composers with eager music students.

When one dedicates portions of one's life to studying the masters, just like an old, sturdy oak tree, we begin to branch out and broaden our horizons in related fields, particularly the arts.

Enter: Leonardo da Vinci.

I was hiking in the Southern California mountains when I came upon a small village and decided to look around. There, I found a musty old bookstore, hiding behind a grove of tall pine trees, and came across a book entitled "How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci". Blowing the dust off the frayed cover I had no idea what I was about to get into. Each worn-out page had crossed the paths of other curious-minded folks and I began to feel a connection to something much bigger than myself.

I hope my poem might cause you to ponder, question, and seek the path to your own, unique genius lying within you.

A Morsel of Information About Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, (Leonardo da Vinci), was a renaissance artist and thinker and a pure genius way before his time.

Just look at his famous paintings such as the beautifully executed, “The Last Supper" and the "Mona Lisa”. They are priceless!

And the objects that he drew had not even yet come to be. He was the first to draw the anatomy of a horse, the carriage, and the wheel, along with perfect knowledge of human anatomy.

He was the first person to conceive the design of the helicopter and also sketched models of early flying machines, all of which were based on the aerodynamics of a bat in flight. I think of him whenever I see a parachute in a movie and can hardly believe that the same person who painted "The Virgin of the Rocks also drew models of not only the parachute, but even the helicopter. The inventor, artist, and scientist also came up with such innovations as the anemometer (used to measure wind speed), the armored car, scuba gear, a revolving bridge, and the giant crossbow.

The big one is, he actually drew the front of a fuselage. Mind you that was done at the beginning of the 1500s!

Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, from C2RMF

Mona Lisa or La Gioconda (1503–1505/07), Louvre, Paris

Mona Lisa or La Gioconda (1503–1505/07), Louvre, Paris

Well Written Tribute to da Vinci

In an introduction to an edition of “Lives of Artists” by Gorgio Vasari (1568) he writes:

“In the normal course of events many men and women are born with remarkable talents; but occasionally, in a way that transcends nature, a single person is marveously endowed by Heaven with beauty, grace and talent in such abundance that he leaves other men far behind, all his actions seem inspired and indeed everything he does clearly comes from God rather than from human skill. Everyone acknowledged that this was true of Leonardo da Vinci, an artist of outstanding physical beauty, who displayed infinite grace in everything that he did and who cultivated his genius so brilliantly that all problems he studied he solved with ease.”

For, verily, great love springs from great knowledge of the beloved object, and if you little know it, you will be able to love it only little or not at all.

Leonardo da Vinci

Perceiving The Blurred Outline of Life

My soul yearns to follow your traces

The most marvelous of all geniuses

Bring wisdom and inspiration to my own unfulfilled life

Vincent, regal spirit, and tremendous breadth of mind.

Awaken my childlike powers of curiosity

Respectfully, I learn from you

Wisdom bound, I long to take flight

To embody the essence, a simple sparkle, of your spirit.

Curiosita, the quest for continuous learning, plagues my soul

Longing to discover exhilarating, original, powerful strategies

To become all that I might

Sharpen my senses, liberate my own unique, intelligence

Harmonizing body and mind

A rainbows bridge to heightened senses.

Release me from this false identification

Help me claim my worthiness

Created by God’s unconditional love

How can I be anything but worthy?

It is my heritage.

In a world lit only by fire

The Renaissance man, fuels my spreading desire

The ideal of human power and potentiality is reborn.

Everyday miracles, a shift in thinking Imperfections

Failures, blessings in disguise

Acceptance recognizes both the dark and the light

As both have the capacity to nourish us.

Receive what has already been given

Accept what is already ours

Leonardo, the patron saint of independent thinkers

Beckons us onward.

Audrey Hunt

Leonardo da Vinci's Masterpiece

Leonardo's masterpiece, The Last Supper,"  captures the moment when Christ proclaims, "One of you shall betray me." 1492 to 1498

Leonardo's masterpiece, The Last Supper," captures the moment when Christ proclaims, "One of you shall betray me." 1492 to 1498

The Seven Da Vincian Principles

The above is merely a suggestion for putting together your master life mind map. Leonardo always organized his life around the quest for truth and beauty.


Am I asking the right questions?



How can I improve my ability to learn from my mistakes and experiences?



What is my plan for sharpening my senses as I age?



How can I embrace the major paradoxes of life?



Am I balancing Arte and Scienza at home and at work?


How can I nurture the balance of body abd mind?


How do all the above elements fit together?

The Vitruvian Man

The Vitruvian Man c. 1485  Accademia Venice. The drawing represents ideal human body proportions. Its inscription in a square and a circle comes from a description by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in Book III of his treatise De architectura.

The Vitruvian Man c. 1485 Accademia Venice. The drawing represents ideal human body proportions. Its inscription in a square and a circle comes from a description by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius in Book III of his treatise De architectura.

"You too are born of the sun, and traveling towards it." Michael J. Gelb

Audrey's inspiration for her poem.Michael J. Gelb's " How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci."

Audrey's inspiration for her poem.Michael J. Gelb's " How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci."


"How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci" Michael J. Gelb. Delacorte Press Copyright1998



I wish to work miracles

Leonardo da Vinci

© 2019 Audrey Hunt


Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 03, 2020:

Hi Peggy

Thank you for reading my article and for sharing your thoughts about these principles. This book is filled with ways to improve our lives and I think most of us automatically follow some of these 7 principles without realizing that we do.

Have a great day, Peggy.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 03, 2020:

The Seven Da Vincian Principles makes one think of how we can all improve in the ways we live our daily lives. That book you discovered sounds amazing. Your poetry was most appropriate. Great job, Audrey!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 17, 2019:

Dear Thelma

How fortunate you are to see the paintings of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper! This would be an honor for me. Leonardo da Vinci still lives on through these paintings along with the vast knowledge he has left for all of us.

Thank you for being here and blessings to you and yours.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on December 17, 2019:

What a beautiful tribute to a brilliant and a genius Leonardo Da Vinci! I have seen his paintings of Mona Lisa in the Louvre and the Last Supper painting in Milan if I am not mistaken. Your poem is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 14, 2019:


Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about my tribute to a man filled with ideas and inventions long before his time.



Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 14, 2019:

A fine tribute to a legendary genius that Da Vinci was. Beautiful poem.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 09, 2019:

Hi Denise

You have a remarkable gift! Your paintings and drawings are unbelievable. What are your thoughts regarding "The Mona Lisa." It must have been a challenge to create such colors in the 14th century. Thanks for your visit.

Happy thoughts,


Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 09, 2019:

What an intriguing find! And what a beautiful mind. I love to read about the masters as well, mostly art and painting masters, of course.



Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 08, 2019:


Thank you for such nice comments about my tribute to Leonardo da Vinci. I'm beyond grateful for finding this book. The inspiration and all that I've come to learn, not just about this genius, but even about myself is worth gold.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 08, 2019:


The inspiration for my poem, Leonardo da Vinci, fueled each word I wrote and I thank you for appreciating this. Your kind comments mean so much and continue to fill my writing tank with grade A motivation.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 08, 2019:


I long to be fed with the knowledge of the masters and there is so much to learn and so little time left for me. All that I know amounts to a grain of sand.

Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein, Beethoven, make up only a handful of those I can learn from.

Thank you for being here.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 07, 2019:

Dear Paula

How absolutely wonderful that you were able to see "The Mona Lisa"! I can't even imagine what an experience like this would be like. Da Vinci's quotes you've mentioned speak to my very soul. What wisdom...what genius!

Wouldn't we have a glorious time together discussing his life and sharing our thoughts on his 7 principles?

Thank you, my friend, for being here and contributing so much. May we honor Leonardo da Vinci as we follow his wisdom and become our own masterpiece through love.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 04, 2019:

Ioannis Arvanitis

Hello, my brother. You and I share the same favorite genius...how wonderful! I can't seem to get enough of his inspiring wisdom and knowledge. I truly work hard to live his 7 principles and now I feel ready to put them all together.

Thank you for such kind words. You always lift me up! May you find pece and lasting joy in all that you do.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 03, 2019:


Hello, my friend. I'm filling up my knowledge tank by studying this genius along with others. Gee whiz...I'm learning how little I really know!

Leonardo da Vinci fills me with so much inspiration. I feel like I can conquer anything - but of course, I can't.

Thank you for your support, now, and throughout the last 9 years.

May you realize what an incredible being you are!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 03, 2019:


How fortunate we are to learn from the masters. So much to know and so little time to soak it all up. Thanks for taking this journey with me.


Oh, thank you, dear friend, for your kindness. Aren't we blessed to have so much information available? We truly live in an age where

we can access knowledge anytime, anywhere.

May your life continue to be filled with people, places, and things that touch you at the very core of your being.



Devika Primic on December 03, 2019:

Hi Audrey such a great tribute to a genius mind. You wrote about a great soul and a perfect way to encourage one to read further of a genius. I like how you presented this hub in detail.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 02, 2019:

I really like the combination you have in this article. I appreciated the background detail about Da Vinci and his theories. I especially enjoyed your well-written poem on the subject. Taken together this article was inspirational and encouraging.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 28, 2019:


You and I think alike. I understand your deep yearning to learn all that you can. This book has set me on a new motivational path. I think you would like it. As I age, it's important to know that my brain can improve. Wow! I love hearing this.

Thank you, Pamela, for your support. I appreciate it so much!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 27, 2019:


We can't go wrong by reading the master's works. The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. In the big picture - I know nothing.

Thank you for your support. It's been many years since we first met here on Hubpages and I appreciate you and your wonderful articles.


I'd love to be able to sit with your mother and listen to Rachmaninoff. To share his music with another, who truly appreciates his symphonies, is such a marvelous experience.

Thank you for your lovely comments. I so appreciate your kind words which inspire me to continue on my writing journey.

Many happy moments to you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 27, 2019:


This book has generated a degree of insight degrinto myself like no other. To learn from this master that our level of potential has no end is mind-blowing! Thanks for your wonderful comments. Coming from a brilliant poet like yourself, your words mean everything.


Thanks, so much for being here. Glad to know you appreciate the table...and I, too, will be referring to it often. I can't say enough about Leonardo da Vinci. How I wish I could personally thank him!

Hi Eric

Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2-my favorite. I listen to it every single day! Heavenly!

It's always rewarding to read your comments and especially to know you've taken time to read my humble articles. Thank you!

manatita44 from london on November 27, 2019:

I now see why you mentioned him in my Hub. Yes, he was way ahead of his time like Einstein and a total genius.

India calls then Vibhutis. Great souls sent by the Divine for a much higher purpose.

Some very interesting principles.

Suzie from Carson City on November 27, 2019:

Amazing Audrey....Simply BEAUTIFUL, touching Poetry.....da Vinic's famous quotes are some of my very favorites. "Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears and never regrets." "The Noblest Pleasure is the Joy of Understanding." "Nothing Strengthens Authority so much as Silence."

Pure Genius, he clearly was......beyond belief.

In 1966, I was in Paris, France, standing in (touring) The Louvre, seeing "The Mona Lisa" with my own eyes. Unforgettable. A trip to treasure forever.

Thank you for your precious words and for rekindling my memories. Peace, Paula

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on November 27, 2019:

Oh, my dear sister Audrey, how blessed I am to know you and read your work! What an exceptional tribute for an outstanding human being! Da Vinci is one of my most favourites personalities though I think he was beyond humane! I thank God for Da Vinci's gifts as I thank Him for yours!



Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 26, 2019:

Audrey, I love your poem. Leonardo da Vinci has touched you deeply and seems to have given you the tools to answer your inner questions. Your quest is to learn. Da Vinci has inspired you.

I had no idea how multi-talented (prophetic?) he was. I'll bet he was fascinating to talk to!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 26, 2019:

Dear Audrey,

Your writing is some of the finest on HP - your poem speaks to my heart and my mind.

Thanks for teaching me so much about DaVinci.

Wishing you a peaceful and rejuvenating Thanksgiving.



Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 25, 2019:

Rinita Sen

Your comments are wonderful! Until I started studying da Vinci's principals, it never occurred to me that I, myself, could think like a genius. How empowering this notion is!

Thanks for reading my article.

Hi, Lorna

Yes, this renaissance man truly worked many miracles. What an inspiration he is! And yet, he remained humble and teachable all his life. Thank you.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 25, 2019:

Audrey, your poetry was beautiful and inspiring. I find since I began writing, I want to know more and more, especially about the poets and great minds of yesteryear. No matter the age, we grow and learn.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 25, 2019:

First Audrey, you need to write more articles! I related to your wanting to learn everything you can as I am experiencing the same goals. I read voraciously, watch historical programs and do research numerous topics.

I thought your poem was excellent, and I am slso glad to have learned more about Da Vincian thinking.

"How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci" is a great topic. I wish I could think just a bit like him. Thanks for writing this inspiring article.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 25, 2019:

Superb hub, Audrey, and a superb poem. I like how you include extra information too. I have never read of the seven principles before so thanks for the education.

I think much of his 'alternative' thinking came from his dyslexia as many dyslexics have the ability to be creative in different ways. He was certainly before his time with those inventive drawings.

The musical composers you mentioned were my mother's favourites, especially Rachmaninov, so that was a lovely memory-jogger too!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.


Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 25, 2019:

I love the 7 principles you highlighted here. You have inspired me to read more on the Masters. I have read on Leonardo but I like to know the others, too.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 25, 2019:

Oh but a man must read Da Vinci, We have read some together in my home. But I will need to come back Rachmaninoff, Concerto 2 is blowing in my ears.

All keyboard is good (only a Grand Piano) and obviously our string but I like an adaptation with reed and horn.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 25, 2019:

This was very inspiring and a tremendous tribute to this polymath. I enjoyed both your poem and description. The table was also really interesting and worthy of keeping as a reference.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 25, 2019:

This was wonderful to read, Audrey. What an amazing book to stumble across. Your poem is a delight as is the information about Leonardo. He is, without doubt, one of the greatest minds of all time. I went to a Da Vinci exhibition last year. It had replica's of most of his inventions that a single-family had reconstructed over many years, including the flying machines, tank, water wheel, mirror maze etc and paintings. It even had a room made up to look like his artist studio. Inspiring.

Lorna Lamon on November 25, 2019:

An excellent piece Audrey and a fitting tribute to this wonderful man, whose genius can only be applauded. The 'Da Vancian Principles" embody his spirit and the fact he did indeed work miracles.

Rinita Sen on November 25, 2019:

Loved your poem and how you explained the seven principles. Loved the introduction more. Of da Vinci's genius, there's nothing new to be said, but it's true that going through the mind of a genius can levitate our own minds to a certain extent.

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