All posts by Deborah L. Davitt

Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son. Her poetry has received Rhysling, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart nominations and has appeared in over fifty journals, including F&SF and Asimov’s Science Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Galaxy’s Edge and Flame Tree anthologies. For more about her work, including her novels, short stories, and her poetry collection, The Gates of Never, please see

To Live Forever in a Dream by Deborah L. Davitt

To Live Forever in a Dream

The excavations ultimately revealed a late-Roman cemetery
. . . centered around the burial chapel of what appears to be
a very important woman . . . . The most stunning artifact
. . . was a transparent blue glass bowl found next to the
woman’s body. The 1,700-year old vessel is decorated on the
outside with grapes, and vine leafs and tendrils. A Greek
inscription on the inside of the bowl instructs the owner to
‘Drink to live forever, for many years!’

–Marjan Žiberna, National Geographic, January 28, 2019

Drink to live forever, for many years
words etched in cobalt glass, a funeral
offering, left by mourners in her grave.
The words echo between our centuries,
but in this charnel pit, there is no life.
Did she drink from it, or did she deny?

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