Understanding the Fiction

Submitted by Nick Catron

What ghost could be left, in the waking of a dream
When pastels still paint, for the eyes of your wall
And the whispers still glisten, seemingly obscene
Understanding the fiction, but the truth not at all
It’s the nightmares in tandem, perfected for proof
That we share for the moment, biding our time
And yet we hasten to nothing, most days stay aloof
Until the hour of our passing, and the bell tolls its chime


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Photo credit: Duddon Sands, Cumbria – JMW Turner


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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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