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Degrade

Degrade.

Option
Opinionated
A drug sedated
Child trauma
Trains talking empty
Faces funny faking
Burning in a fortress
A stale mattress
Cables sliding on skin
The pressure making waves
A sea is drowning
Teeth hurting
No sound like this one
A brave son
Reads well and handsome
An idiot stare
A man from then said once
His magic scarring
Hands and fingers breaking
Taking everything
Absent heat
And breaths away
Can’t see me anymore
I’m quiet.
I’m the problem.
I’m disgusting.
What are you doing?
Against the wall again…

I’m bleeding.

Chris Vaughn 2015
8/27

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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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