The sunset, young women

DS Maolalai

I step out. the street

faded tennis shoe

colour. a photo in an attic

to be looked at in 30 years'

time, when the fashions

have grown to throwback:

the sunset; young women

walk down it together –

the hip-swinging swagger

of confident cats. light comes

through plants swung

from balconies over

the liffey. and the patio

cafe, below the apartment.

and older man smokes,

slowly touching his gut up

with fingerprint-cold

pints of beer. as easy and smart

as a panda. relaxed as a lizard

over water on a sun-heated rock.

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