Now Reading
Several someones

Several someones

Several someones

by DS Maolalai

a folksome, gruesome opera
of gauze and malcontent.
the cat slinks
under shinbones,
annoyed by this noise
in her privacy. someone
drops a glass in the kitchen
and someone says something
loud and untactful.
upstairs apparently,
someone’s brought
someone’s boyfriend;
no-one else now in
the mood to hook up.
there’s a haze
in the garden
of cigarettes, someones
and roasting mayflies;
their wings make air
a curtain as it rises
from pavement.
they pattern the evening
with paisley tobacco
and twist through beams
of spotlights,
flickering like towels
on a line
on a windy day.

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).

© 2021 Abandon Journal.
All Rights Reserved.