shot glass
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


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)

DS Maolalai



like a building
with shoddy foundations,
the bookshelves lean sideways
and crack. jack's place
is a mess, topheavy and toppling,
history smacking
the carpet.

castles fall, no matter the rocks
which shatter to make up
their sand. I shore my pages,
I pat them with water,
hope blindly that something