least amount required

least amount required

 by a. gagliardi


look at life as a minimalist

give nothing back

as little effort as possibly -

scrape by



do the job in it’s barest

infinitesimal effort

with ‘a lick & a promise’

call it good.



as if putting forth would be a sin

just show up

create the space


don’t go in.


author notes

This poem is a commentary about people who live life giving nothing of themselves to others, to their job, to community, etc.

I wrote it without capitalization and lacking punctuation to accentuate the idea of how little is required of the 'least amount'.

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Betty Ann 5 years ago

Yes, I know people like this. I think every teenager goes through this stage, too. Good job!

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agaglia 5 years ago Author

Yeah, I know some people that really never ever give anything, at anytime. I wonder if it is because of laziness, fear or something else.

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