Peace, and outside by DS Maolalai

Peace, and outside

fried vegan
steak – a nut roast
with vegetables. a clean
and white candle
for some mild
ambience. no light
but the light
of the candle
we’re burning
and the street
on the river, rippling
kitchen walls. peace,
as outside
dublin dies
to hotellerie,
and graffiti
makes buildings
which they plan
to tear down.


DS Maolalai has been nominated seven times for Best of the Net and three 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)