Patience and Sarah

Submitted by Ronald E. Shields

Inspired by Mary Ann Willson

Patience drove the mule,
breaking furrows to sow
their lover’s dreams in stony ground.
Her hands molded to the
curves of wheel and plow,
molded to the sweep of Sarah’s waist.

Sarah saw the world clear.
Her eyes and artist’s brush
painted her vision
with the sweet-light of a setting sun
and the ash-soft glow of moonlit fog.

Born to walk awhile under a different sky,
these women crossed the earth like water.
Made no secret of what was between them.
Bound in the intimacy of winter light,
fragrance in summer shade
where mysterious sparks reveal themselves,
a rare benediction to the full flush of passion
within the tumult of sisterhood.

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Photo credit: Woman at the Garden – Renoir


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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.

9 thoughts on “Patience and Sarah”

  1. I like the repetition of curves and sweeps in the first part of the poem; it gives the words movement, and there is a lovely cadence to these lines:
    ‘Born to walk awhile under a different sky,
    these women crossed the earth like water.’

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