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Molly Fisk: Native Landscape


Back then, the new growth on redwoods was the brightest 

green and tasted of citrus, a good vitamin source if you were lost


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in the woods, which I wasn’t, I was pure found girl skipping

down Steep Ravine and over Hoo-Koo-i-Koo, walking out


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from the dark onto gold hills and the prickle of live oak

leaves under my boots when the trail dipped into a crevice, 


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Spanish moss drifting from gnarled arms, joy of that salty 

breeze, the welcome yellow line dividing Rte. 1 into coming 


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or going snaking its way into Stinson. Curved miles of beach.

Old wood houses soaked in sea air for years, never completely


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dry and bougainvillea tendrils prying up the shingles, pulling

the gates askew. Beautiful scavenger, beautiful disaster


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of a flower, paper-petaled, magenta and purple, sprawling across 

the town’s rooflines ignoring orange nasturtium underfoot.


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Rampant invading pampas grass white-blond against a cliff face 

and seagulls quarreling over blown trash. Surfers wet-suited and intent. 


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Fog hovering off-shore. Nothing owed to anyone. Nowhere to be. 

You couldn’t buy happiness like that, you had to inherit it.


Copyright 2020 Molly Fisk

One comment on “Molly Fisk: Native Landscape

  1. Barbara Huntington
    October 19, 2020

    I am there. I love driving 1. My hikes above Deetjens, watching a whale cross my view from above. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

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