Reverence

Indian/God/ Homeless apparition

sidles up beside me

in Fern Dell Park

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

dog

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.”

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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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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:

    🙂

    Yes!

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