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Pare the flavors from the mind,
Life savors removing and unkind,
Behaviors kicking the girl to death,
Stifling waives the right of breath.

Coil the mud throughout the skin,
Impede the blood that heats within,
Flood the eyes that see what’s left,
Futile dud broke and bereft.

Tempt the hate to silence will,
Pretentious weight that cracks to kill,
Bait the skill in hellish fix,
Mutate the score to a wicked mix.

Fuel the meat to complexity,
Mash and beat the perplexing need,
Defeat the wide awake again,
Bruised feet shaken twist and bend.

Screw the thick of a brain undone,
Useless wick of one con run,
Sick the loins and changing smell,
The trick to breathe is hard as hell.

Chase the light inside this room,
Couldn’t fight the impending doom,
Bright eyed baby boy is born,
Tight the rope of addiction scorn.

© 2005/2011
Christopher E. Vaughn


About Christopher Vaughn

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1971 and moved all over the world as a military brat, my first venture into writing occurred in my heart early in childhood when I became obsessed with science fiction books by Jules Verne, Dan O Bannen, Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. It was early elementary school when I discovered Robert Frost and his pen struck me. I was wanting to be in the worlds he painted. After several honors English classes and more obsessive reading of Madeleine L'Engle and Stephen King, I knew writing was a calling. In the 80's I was also enamored with electronic bands Depeche Mode and Front 242 and seminal bands like Skinny Puppy and Click Click which influenced my writing as well. In the 90's I was transformed when I discovered Clive Barker, he was the total package. Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Writer, Poet, Director...I became a survivalist writer. A term I coined by the nature of writing through feeling...letting go of the negative and hurt. Which if you are a poet, is what you do. It's not all just about creative churning. It's letting out what you feel inside of you. I continue to write poetry, short stories and lyrics to survive...

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