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, Robert leads week long National writing retreats at sites like Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Synergia Ranch, and EarthRise IONS. His poems and fiction are published in over 500 print and online magazines, such as Necessary Fiction, BlazeVOX, Los Angeles Weekly, Literary Orphans and Smokelong Quarterly. He is Editor-in-Chief at (b)OINK magazine and leads round- tables for Redoak Writing in Milwaukee. He is six times a 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 books are: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps); Addicts & Basements (Civil Coping Mechanisms); RIFT, co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press), and FUNHOUSE (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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