Vox Populi

A curated webspace for Poetry, Politics, and Nature. Over 16,000 daily subscribers. Over 7,000 archived posts.

Molly Fisk: How to Stop

It depends on the way you were broken: 

Body from soul? Mind from memory? And 

who did the breaking: Say it was those 

you most loved. And when: First grade? 

And how: In the dark? In the car? More 

than once? Every half hour for a hundred 

years? It depends on who you could turn 

to: piano instructor, great aunt. And when 

you grew up, were you kind or cruel? 

Did you tend to overstay your welcome? 

Hide in plain sight? An old man in the park 

late afternoons who silently taught you 

to hold a pen knife until birds emerged 

out of blocks of wood. Were you always 


Molly Fisk’s many books include The More Difficult Beauty (Hip Pocket Press, 2010).

Copyright 2021 Molly Fisk

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


This entry was posted on April 12, 2021 by in Health and Nutrition, Poetry, Social Justice and tagged , , , , .

Enter your email address to follow Vox Populi and receive new posts by email.

Join 16,092 other subscribers

Blog Stats

  • 4,687,769 hits


%d bloggers like this: