Indian/God/ Homeless apparition

sidles up beside me

in Fern Dell Park

with his one-blue-eye-one-brown-eyed


says, pointing

“That river over there

once told many stories…”

We stand, stare

the reverent silence

hovering between us

until interrupted

by the stirring

Allright Parking bum lying

under an oak behind us-

pauses from tinkering

with loose dentures,

mumbles “what a crock of shit.”


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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6 Responses to Reverence

  1. Ubuntu says:

    Line 1 is weakened by multi-naming of male pronoun reference (x3: “Indian,” “God,” “Homeless Apparition”) Choose one instead in order to strengthen this narrative encounter.

    • rgv7735 says:

      Thanks, I might change the first line, and might not…please recall that when giving feedback it is also nice to balance “suggestions” with “what I like or what seems to be working” in each piece.

  2. Andrea says:

    LMAO! You kill me.

  3. Betsy says:

    Love the dog.

  4. Angela says:

    I love this one 🙂

  5. Rontuaru says:



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