Friday, January 06, 2006

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, blog entry, Jan 5 06
posted by Peter West at 8:32 AM, Oakville, Ontario
January 5, 2006
Sic transit gloria mundi

There are moments that make me more humble than others.

I had one of those moments this morning as I read Lynn Crosbie's comments in today's Globe and Mail about the work of Irving Layton.

Layton, who many consider Canada's best poet, died after a life time of reminding us what it was like to be young and Canadian.

His great friend Leonard Cohen is quoted in the same article as saying: "If you are wondering what happened to us all, you might consult the poems of Irving Layton."

And here comes the kicker: Crosbie ends her paragraph with the Latin phrase sic transit gloria mundi - and it translates to "Thus passes the glory of the world."

Would that angels whisper that phrase on the day of your passing. For me, I will settle for being mentioned in dispatches.


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