Da Vincian Thinking for the Hungry: Free Verse Poem
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
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.
Leonardo da Vinci's Masterpiece
The Seven Da Vincian Principles
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
"You too are born of the sun, and traveling towards it." Michael J. Gelb
"How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci" Michael J. Gelb. Delacorte Press Copyright1998
I wish to work miracles
Leonardo da Vinci
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