Photography © Edward S. Gault


Cooking dinner alone

Please relieve my evening
    of motto, immodesty, and screen
of steamed, stubborn broccoli
    of hypnotic, hygienic routine.

I stand tallest in the pantry.
    What does that leave me?
Even the cheese melts fetal in heat
    so it can spread and smoke so loudly.

I could versify pornographic distraction
    or bend the wheat real funny
but there’s all this room on the tile for action:
    drop an egg and see if it’s runny.


Vaughn Hayes is a poet and writer living in central Kentucky. His work has been featured in Harbinger Asylum. Words are his whole world.

Edward S. Gault is a poet and fine art photographer. He lives at Mosaic Commons, a co-housing community in Berlin, Ma. He has a wife Karen, and daughter.