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Molly Fisk: In Other News

I am not walking along a shore,

hands in pockets and buttoned

up to the neck against this bright

November, thinking of everything 

everyone I love has taught me: 

how not to change lanes into 

another car’s blind spot and linger, 

the best way to conjure fire — 

gradation of twigs, faster- and slower-

burning sorts of wood and it really 

does have to be dry: smoldering 

keeps no one warm. I can easily find 

the edges now between anger, rage, 

and disappointment by what’s running 

underneath and stop before I lash out. 

I don’t hurt myself or anyone else 

on purpose. Cast iron gets wiped 

with kosher salt and paper towels 

so it will last a few more generations. 

To swim across cold lakes, you walk in 

up to your waist — no point getting out 

if your suit’s already wet. I’m childless,

I have no one to teach this to, 

it’s up to you. Use half a potato to twist 

the broken light bulb from its socket. 

If your gas pedal jams while accelerating, 

the hand brake won’t last: turn off the engine. 

Add a little pasta water to the sauce.

Don’t worry about dilution,

it will coat the noodles perfectly. 

Copyright 2022 Molly Fisk. First published in One Art.

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

6 comments on “Molly Fisk: In Other News

  1. Loranneke
    November 2, 2022

    Lovely! I could “hear” Molly read it!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. janishaag
    November 2, 2022

    Love this, Molly, for so many reasons… not least about the half a potato trick and adding pasta water to the sauce… brilliant and moving, as your pieces always are!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ken McKeon
    November 2, 2022

    The refreshing tone of clarity, so welcome…


  4. Ken McKeon
    November 2, 2022

    The steady tone of reasoned clarity, so rare, so welcome.


  5. louisehawes
    November 2, 2022

    Words to live by! Thank you, Molly 😍.


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