Sonnet for My Sisters

Submitted by haullebee

Resilience is our rallying cry;
A sisterhood founded in suffering.
In a divisive world we unify;
Forcing ears to turn to our utterance.
Refusing to accept submissiveness
When we were hand-crafted to howl at moons.
To spread – arms, legs, stories; ubiquitous
Influence, a tightly-woven commune.
We are a force that cannot be subdued
By systematic shame, nor glass ceiling.
In fear, they force us into servitude,
Forgetting that our strength is unyielding.
We are allied dominants, outspoken.
We are made to break – not to be broken.


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Photo credit: Jan Both – Italiaans landschap met teknaar


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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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