The Soloist – Chad Norman

Hikers At A Torrent – Andreas Achenbach

Often on certain sunny
late fall afternoons
an ailing aging man who
seems to enjoy weekly walks
is brought to a
point of total stoppage
under the shimmer of
sun through leaping leaves,
a brief moment of
immaculate hearing
as he watches how
his lengthy shadow
causes the lone cricket’s
nearby solo to grow cautious,
until he steps back onto
the path he has made,
the lowering brightness
almost like a conductor
waving that wand to
ask the solo to resume,
rising out of a bush
able to turn from green
to a loud pleasant red.


About the Poet

Chad Norman lives and writes in Truro, Nova Scotia. His poems continue to appear in magazines and anthologies around the world. A new collection, A matter Of Inclusion, is due out later this year from Mwanaka Media & Publishing.

For the first time in nearly five years, Vita Brevis is closed for submission. Read the full story here.

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