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DS Maolalai

they are pulling the guts

from the storefront.

like a gull in an alley

with a freshly dead

cat. dragging down planking

and pipework from drywall –

dust-masks and goggles, overalls

covered in dust. I walk by

on saturday, a sunned afternoon,

pulling air in my lungs,

getting over a fight

with my girlfriend. a saw

cuts the silence and slices

through roughly shaped

timbers. something

better, perhaps,

is intended for in there

once what's rotten there now

is pulled out.

DS Maolalai has received eleven nominations for Best of the Net and seven for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in three collections, "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016), "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019) and “Noble Rot” (Turas Press, 2022). You can find him on Twitter: @diarmo1990

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