Submitted by Ali Grimshaw 

Something other than sleep
more like jumping into water of coolness.
Not dreamland, but renewal of return,
more like the thrill of meeting someone new,
in the skin of an old friend.

Extension of bones to a full tank of calm.
A refrain from shallowness and gasping.
Diversion from daily tunnels of thought.
The upside-down of frenetic.

When was the last time your bare feet felt
the smooth tile of the lobby?
The feel of breath leaving your body
an elevator going down
to revisit the ground floor.
An entrance to rest.


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Photo credit: William Turner – Sonnenuntergang über einem


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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.

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