A wet morning

and painted colour marches on the quayside. ads for movies, plastered to the buses wet sides, the names of companies and van-canopies, moving with the purpose of floating leaves and seagulls which bob on the

and painted
colour marches
on the quayside. ads
for movies, plastered
to the buses
wet sides, the names
of companies
and van-canopies,

moving with the purpose
of floating leaves
and seagulls
which bob
on the river.

and above,
flags snapping, dangled
and gripping
their flagpoles;
wet petals sticking
on the trunks
of wet trees.

DS Maolalai has been nominated six 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)