Tom Vaughan



His ship went down, but he survived
and made it to Athens, where he later joked
in stripping him of his worldly goods
Fortune had played a masterstroke . . .

Hallelujah for him! But what about
all those who drowned when his bark broke?
You can’t say Fortune smiled on them:
for one to wake must many croak?

Tom Vaughan is a former British diplomat who now lives in France. His novel, No Second Prize, based on his experience in post-colonial Zimbabwe, was published by Andre Deutsch in 1993. His poems have been published in several magazines, newspapers and anthologies. “Beltway Blues,” from his HappenStance Envoy pamphlet, was included in the Songs of Love and Loss cycle by pianist/composer Sir Stephen Hough, premiered in London in January 2023.