Yes Gizmolito I’m well aware of the poem and the poet Ernest Dowson. Poetry is one of my passions.
Dawson’s poem that you quoted here was the inspiration for the play "Days of Wine and Roses" written by J. P. Miller
Most all art is inspired by poetry
There is more to the poem you posted. First the full title is
Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam and in my alter boy Latin it translates to The brief sum of life forbids us the hope of enduring long
They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.
This my fellow Roadfooder is not a happy poem nor was the poet a happy man.
Poet Ernest Dowson was born in Kent England, educated at Oxford though he left without taking a degree. In 1891 he met Adelaide , a restaurateur’s daughter, then aged 12 and she became a symbol of love and innocence in some of his verse. He courted her for 2 years but when she came of age she married a waiter who worked in her father’s restaurant! and that’s a Roadfood story in it’s self.
His parents committed suicide within a few months of each other and afterwards he wandered aimlessly between England, France and Ireland. He was a friend of W B Yeats, who described him as ‘timid, silent and a little melancholy’. He died of alcoholism in 1900 at the early age of 33.
and there lies your equation to the line "days of wine and roses"