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

9 thoughts on “Shopping for Christmas

  1. Dez

    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

  2. Rontuaru

    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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