Ode To Joy: Poetry with Diane Maietta

200 years ago, in 1819, the famous poet, John Keats, wrote “Beauty is truth, truth beauty—that is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know.” as the closing lines to his poem Ode on a Grecian Urn. 

In 2019 we at PSTV encourage you to create your immortality in this world of mortal beings by preserving for the heirs and heiresses of Time incontestable expectations of excellence.

BE the beauty of your inherent truth and the truth of your inner beauty. (And sign it off with just a little bit of Lord Byron.)

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash

Ode to Joy

(As viewed from a Grecian urn)

Should the sun cease to shine if our mortal imperfection

Consumes the brilliance of innocent unworldliness—

The sweet fruitful nectar of God’s paradisiacal wine?

Should the soft baby’s breath of life come from mine

Not know optimism

Though sorrow and expiration

Constantly desire all that is divine?


Tragedy should not gray the eloquence of efflorescence.


Once in a lifetime,

But a world full of many—

Like a bouquet in disarray;

Like stars in the field where they grow, we lay

In a sea of deep passions, as humanity should be

Finding a sedative, a reason to stay

In the great gifts of our senses.


We wish to be led away by credence

To preserve for the heirs & heiresses of Time

Incontestable expectations of excellence.

There is immortality.


In awe of violence is to realize the fragility

Of our gravitational pull to both sides of magnificence:

The sweet and sour,

The day and night,

The love and hate,

The charity and expense…


One truth is this:

Beauty lives on

And all that’s best of dark and bright meet.


First Rights.

Copyright, 1997, by Diane M. Maietta.   All Rights Reserved

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Diane Maietta

Self-described as a free-spirit of courage, love, and compassion, Diane Maietta was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in the neighboring small town of Apollo, PA. She has received a citation from the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in honor of her poetic voice and is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the East, 24th Edition. You may find her artwork at her website: https://diane-maietta.pixels.com/ and her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dianemaietta/