Submitted by Kim Whysall-Hammond

Poetry is the orphan of silence
Begging for attention
Word spaces and line breaks
Her crutches

Whatever the poem describes to you
Is  a shadow
A portion, a flavour
Of what the poet is trying to say


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The Vita Brevis Team

“Ars longa, vita brevis" (art is long, life is short). This maxim so moved us that it seemed only right to title our online poetry magazine after it. It may seem curious that we chose Vita Brevis (life is short) as our title instead of Ars Longa (art is long). But this choice was more than appropriate; after all, the aim of our journal is to publish work that shows a keen awareness of not only art’s beauty and immortality but life’s toils and finiteness. We want to revive and nourish the rich existential literature that forms when art and the human endeavor collide.

15 thoughts on “Orphan”

  1. What a fascinating and thoughtful response! You pose an excellent question–it’s our belief that posing such questions was quite the “purpose” of this piece, if it can be said to have one, due to its meta-poetic style that seems to comments on the process of poetry itself.

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  2. I think we are making our best effort, when we are at our best, to interpret the shadows we see, unfortunately we have to use our own shadow puppets to get at the meaning of what we see. So it is shadow upon shadow upon shadow…

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  3. Thank you all for your comments on my poem. I am intrigued by what we try to achieve when we write poetry and have written several poems exploring this. ‘Orphan’ is the latest one and was sparked by the quote from Charles Simic:

    “Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.”

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