Shopping for Christmas

She downs a quart of

Ben & Jerry’s in the

dining area of Whole Foods

while her kids scream

at Dad in their kitchen

“When’s Mommy coming home?”

This is her favorite stop

this one night out alone

this entire year. Her holiday

sliding down her throat

with each gulp.

Robert Vaughan, 2002


About Robert Vaughan

Originally from NY, writer, editor, and workshop leader, his poems and fiction are widely published in print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Connotation Press, Metazen, Thrice, Literary Orphans and Housefire. He is Senior Flash editor at JMWW and Lost in Thought magazines and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing. He is a six times Pushcart Prize Nominee and his fiction and poetry have won awards, including a Micro-Fiction runner-up (2012) and twice a finalist in the Gertrude Stein Fiction Award (2013-14). His collections are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps): Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press).
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9 Responses to Shopping for Christmas

  1. Young Kim says:

    I love this.

  2. Andrea says:

    That is FANTASTIC!

  3. Angela says:

    Did you see this scene before your wrote it? 🙂 X@

  4. Judy Bridges says:

    I like this poem, Robert. A lot.

  5. Dez says:

    This poem ought to be published if it is not already. Wonderful insight into her character, and depth of feeling. Way to go, keep them coming

  6. Rontuaru says:

    Pretty interesting isn’t it, the truth behind this poem? It saddens me to think of all the women it represents who never allow themselves a break from family, then when they do, use food to satisfy their hungry soul.

    Dead-on, Robert!

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