Varsha 2022 Poems - DS Maolalai


Night-time: the quays – a light rain

By DS Maolalai

falling. just enough to make roads
and the pavement catch traffic
light colours: smearing all over
with an appleish red, with sometimes
an appleish green. traffic runs
quietly – tonight's sunday night.


cars come alone to each corner
and pause, like bullets in the breach
of a rifle. over the bridge
there's a line for the offo. people chat
fifteen-year-olds hang about hopefully,
offering passers-by cash
like they're handing out apples.
the moon's there. some evenings
are perfectly even.


I tell that to god; he agrees.


DS Maolalai from Ireland has received nine nominations for Best of the Net and seven for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in three collections, "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016), "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019) and Noble Rot (Turas Press, 2022).


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