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Molly Fisk: Austerity

I love the bare, the necessary: tree without leaves, 

man with no clothes. Muscle and skin, bark, knot, 

scar, and stubble. Dignity planted before us without 

apology. There’s something about the unadorned, 

the basic: how it soothes. A scaffold representing itself, 

no gewgaws or furbelows, no nonsense. Clean. Clear. 

The honey without the bottle shaped like a bear. 

Tequila minus the worm. Nothing cute or inessential. 

All of it honed. No opinion proffered, no need to read 

between the lines. The ocean seen at dawn from its shore. 

No clouds. No moon.

Copyright 2022 Molly Fisk.

Molly Fisk is a poet, prose writer and radio commentator who lives in Northern California.

Source: deposit photos

7 comments on “Molly Fisk: Austerity

  1. Tom Parson
    October 24, 2022

    Thank you


    • Vox Populi
      October 25, 2022

      Thanks for responding to Molly’s poem, Tom! We always like hearing from readers.



  2. Lisa Zimmerman
    August 8, 2022


    “Nothing cute or inessential.

    All of it honed. No opinion proffered, no need to read

    between the lines.”

    Liked by 1 person

  3. loranneke
    August 8, 2022

    I love this poem, Molly! Good one! Made me smile & nod!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. duggo1
    August 8, 2022

    Really love this.

    Liked by 1 person

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