The Prince of Peace

I know who you are

Prince of peace

Silver hot pants in

your go-go stance

Sideburns like the

canals of Hollywood


And cash to match

the trash you left

that full moon eve

when you laid me

on my room-mate’s


bare naked our hearts

leapt into icy waters

yet yours resurfaced

while mine sank into

the bottomless void:

the marathon I ran

that summer night



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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5 Responses to The Prince of Peace

  1. Andrea says:

    Where is he now? I have the silver mini.

  2. Tutu Ubuntu says:

    Let’s ask the poet a question:
    How does line 1 serve to enhance this poem?

  3. Shari says:

    Tutu: Your question seems fairly self-explanatory. Is it not possible for you to figure it out for yourself? That is a major gift about any literature, poetry or otherwise. The reader gets to interpret his/her own point-of-view, just as the writer might as well in creating the piece. Why not just attempt to enjoy this poem for what it is, AS IT IS.

  4. Angela says:

    I feel that!

  5. david says:

    MMMMMMMMMM sideburns like the canals of Hollywood, Florida.. WOOF..

    pool boy

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