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On a Balcony

by DS Maolalai


laughs shout. crack/
conversation like gunshots/
from the treeline at speckle-/
legged deer. over the courtyard/
and out on a balcony/
my neighbours are predrinking/
before getting drunk. they are standing/
up – european and mid-/
late 20s, all hot as duvets/
and insomnia. they are posing/
together – taking photos – looking good/
in advance of the nightclubs./
I watch as they pose – check results/
and then do it again. attractive in a way/
that makes you think of exercise/
rather than fucking. god damn it – I wish/
they would go already. they're making me/
really want a cigarette./

DS Maolalai has been described by one editor as "a cosmopolitan poet" and another as "prolific, bordering on incontinent". His work has nominated eleven times for Best of the Net, eight for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward Prize, and 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)


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