Clouds of War

Submitted by Shaun Clamp

Dense nuclear plumes
towered in the dry, hot sky.
Stark expressions: the power of war.

Later by the window, a cracking
The first shell,
then the slew of ammunition
battering the roof, glancing off glass,
dousing the parched white walls; ceramic sheen
reflecting vaguely the sky.

And green trees dripped
And the white carcass of a spider suckled in vain
At a drop that was stuck the other side of the pane,
And harder it rained,
And darker it became.


 

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Photo credit: Gassed – John Singer Sargent

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Ghosts at the Pond

Submitted by Jane Dougherty

In the winter pond, the ghosts
of trees are caught in milky moon
light, pale as smoke and pearly
as the dawn that makes the ice
a glacier sky of frozen stars.

Do fish still sweep and curve beneath
the silk smooth surface of the moon,
the mirror glass of space and time?

Deer cracks the glass from side to side
with dainty hoof and scatters stars
into the watery firmament.

Winter, the sound cracks, gunshot-
sharp, like ice on pearly moonlit ponds,
like falling stars, a dainty hoof, pale
smoke recedes between the ghostly trees.


 

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Photo Credit: The Lake and Town of Brienz – JMW Turner

Family Portrait

Submitted by Ronald E. Shields

Strange
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

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

SUBMISSIONS

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

 

STATISTICS

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!

 

COMPETITIONS

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!

Gravitational Waves–Again

Submitted by Merril D. Smith

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

Now—
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

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

STATISTICS

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!

SUBMISSIONS

Here are the pieces we published this week:

COMPETITIONS

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!