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Molly Fisk: You and I

will be staying home all summer
and through the fall, saving our own lives
since no one else will save them. Some are
unable to resist the bar on Main Street
the riverbank when it hits 90 in mid-July
and I'm not saying I could either
if my future didn't depend on it. Oh, to eat
meals cooked by another hand
and not wash that blue Dansk pan
again, again, that was my mother's,
pandemic be damned. 
 
                          Through the open 
door I can smell faint smoke: a burn pile 
since it's too warm for wood stoves and not 
fire season yet, though that's coming, a dry
winter behind us. Likely power shut-downs
too, to try to circumvent the blazes
and the lawsuits that follow. Greed's crazy
addictiveness has led to this is my guess:
the whole country snarled into such a hot mess
you wouldn't recognize democracy if she 
removed her skirts and danced on your lap for free, 
pretending to like you. Not behind on rent,
not desperate for every tip's last red cent.

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

Copyright 2020 Molly Fisk

3 comments on “Molly Fisk: You and I

  1. carter7878
    May 10, 2021

    I love that personification of democracy removing her skirts and lap dancing! Had no trouble envisioning her, sort of Lady Liberty getting all exotic!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Karen Donaldson
    May 10, 2021

    Thanks, Molly! This is so depictive of the monotony – with more to come, and the stripper adds a little spice at the end. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Rose Mary Boehm
    May 10, 2021

    Oh, to eat
    meals cooked by another hand
    and not wash that blue Dansk pan
    again, again, that was my mother’s,
    pandemic be damned.

    You got it. LOVE the poem.

    Liked by 1 person

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