Submitted by Liz Mackenzie

If she had known she was not to be in
pain, would her life have had the
breadth of more life? A freedom from bleak
thoughts that haunted and caught her mid-
breath? Would she, instead, have embraced her winter,
waiting and watching as autumn leaves fell frosty
toward Earth with the lightest kiss of winds
lifting, transporting, as she softly made
her voyage from life to death without a moan …


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Photo credit: Sunset on the Seine at Lavacourt – Claude Monet


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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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