DS Maolalai

El Dorado

bugs, come to my kitchen,

must feel they have found

El Dorado. all tall spires

leaning over

rimmed with empty

coffee cups; the plates

which slide

and go splashing,

staining with gold-spun

grease. dried ketchup

fallen like moss

on the pavement. and

a view; and a soaking

wet view.

Heuston Station

walking, on a thursday,

through the brick-

dust in heuston

station. platforms

parting passengers

like the teeth

of broken combs.

pigeons kick about – dodging

and walking, fluttering

to the rafters. people

more confused, even –

is this the train for limerick?

someone buying a sandwich.

opening it on a bench.

folding the paper

packaging. looking at

their ticket. looking at

their phone.


DS Maolalai has been nominated eight times for Best of the Net and five times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016) and "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019)