Week Fourteen in Review: Statistics, Submissions and Calls for Submissions



We were really tough on our submitters this week, but published three brilliant poems!


We pulled in about 700  views this week from 150 WP visitors and over 150 likes this week from WP users. On top of that, over 60 unique visitors from Google and other search engines, not including the WP visitors, visited the site!


In case you missed it last week, we announced our winner for the first monthly contest! Check out the January Poetry Competition post here.

The next competition has begun! Send us your best poems for general publication of for contest entry.

That’s all! Stick around, we have some great poems coming up!


Family Portrait

Submitted by Ronald E. Shields

This hatred of factories.
I have never been in one.
Thirty years my father labored in a factory making film.
There is no evidence he ever took a picture.
There is a family portrait
taken by a neighbor I suppose.
My father is looking away from the camera,
his gaze focused somewhere the camera cannot see,
none of us can see.
He could be watching birds fly south
or waiting for the ice to break.
It is ten years since the factory closed,
my father gone seven.
As I look at the portrait now I try to follow his gaze.
I can see the river running around the locks,
through the arches beneath the bridge,
past the dark bones of the factories,
out to a hungry sea.


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Photo Credit: Old factory on the Somme – Frits Thaulow

Gravitational Waves–Again

Submitted by Merril D. Smith

two stars danced
collapsing into one another
creating ripples,
waves tumbling through space,
bending time. . .

in a folded origami universe,
they reach us,
echoes of the past gently rocking our world,
ghostly whispers and secret sighs
speak of a former life unknown– yet somehow familiar–
calling out. . .
traces of stardust
recalling what once was and now is

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Photo Credit: An Old Star Map

Rainy Day Charm

Submitted by Ann Christine Tabaka

A rainy day falls from the sky.
Bare feet splash in puddles.
Cloud filtered light imparts a
dreamy glow. The feeling of
motionless time invades reality.

Inside stillness,
listening to the sounds soft rain
makes. Melodic trickling transfixes
the mind. A lazy yawn emanates,
permeating the silence.

Outside, small rivulets form,
carrying dried-leaf boats out
to swirling miniature seas.
Teasing the imagination,
stories unfold.

Bright azure patches peek
through an overcast sky, wishing
for a rainbow. Rainy day charm wanes
as the day lapses into evening, and a
soggy world closes its eyes once more.


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Photo Credit: Kristan Baggaley – Clearing Spring Shower Over Kinder Scout


Submitted by Ann Neilson

“The skies they were ashen and sober;
the leaves they were crisped and sere-
the leaves they were withering and sere;
it was night in the lonesome October of
my most immemorial year” –Edgar Allan Poe “Ulalume”

The ominous sky reminded of
an apocalyptic world,
Its sadistic grin, blighting the grass
the trees and flowers, unfurled.

A history of moans and whimpers
of past ages erupted forth.
The ground cracked and showed no history
of hard work or of self-worth.

Contaminated cities of
industrialized destruction
Killed the earth with selfishness and
heartless deprivation.

A symphony of pity falls
upon deaf ears turned away
Those who are apt don’t watch to find
the ending of the inhumane play.

A melancholy world where all move
alongside the tide of time
Weep for hope and pity from strangers;
alas, there are no souls to find.

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Week Thirteen in Review: Poem Contest Winners, Submissions, and Calls for Submissions


We pulled in about 600  views this week from 150 WP visitors. That’s about 4 poems a visitor! We also pulled in over 120 likes this week from WP users, and over 40 unique visitors from Google and other search engines, not including the WP visitors listed above, alongside 36 comments!


Here are the pieces we published this week:


We announced our winners! Check out the January Poetry Competition post here.

And the next competition has begun! Send us your best poems, and if you want to help contribute to the first-place reward and the upkeep of Vita Brevis, you can donate through Ko-fi here!

That’s all for this week. Stick around, we have some great poems coming up!

Monthly Poetry Contest Winners!

The results are in–thanks for all of your submissions. It was a close call, but here are the winners. Check out this months competition–another $15 reward for first place!



Beyond the Reach of Time, Ann Christine Tabaka

Black crow

sings a song

unknown to man.

Forest awakes,

answering back.


Vestiges of life

fall from the sky

like winter snow.

Existence comes into being.


Dawn bursts forth,

day enters.

Stars blink their goodbyes.

So it is said, so it is done.


The guardian steps forth

as light emerges.

Time lapses …

Burgeoning worlds converge.


The sky is alive.

I hear his song.

Black crow flies off,

Beyond the reach of time.



Fervency, Jill Lyman

What would I know
if I fell, naked,
into the grass
and did not get up for days?

What would I taste
if I waded, bare-armed,
through the cold stream
and did not drink for years?

What would I dream
if I swam, web-footed,
over the volcanic mountains
and did not inhale eternity,

that dangles between each
collision of pulse beats.



Tangier, Alicia Fernández

Late at night, it pops up:
Tangier – says your email. Tomorrow.

I check the results of the Catalan referendum
and picture you walking
down the winding alleyways of the souk,
your skin damp and salty.

The sound of your voice,
loaded with morning,
is fading from my memory.

I cross The Headrow swiftly in the rain
but miss my bus all the same.

You smile at a beautiful stranger.
You lift a sachet of spices to your nose.