DS Maolalai

DS Maolalai is a poet from Ireland who has been writing and publishing poetry for almost 10 years. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press, with “Sad Havoc Among the Birds” forthcoming from Turas Press in 2019. He has been nominated for Best of the Web and twice for the Pushcart Prize.

The preacher preaching sin

the true prophets
don’t get heard,
they go crazy. mountain men
rambling at angels on high
and guys on the train
cursing the govt,
girls
and good god
above them.

fires
light in the desert
burning broken rocks
and camelshit,
doing nothing
but stretching out
our shadows
in the night.

anyone
can put a forest
to flame,
forget a fag and send
ten thousand trees
to cinder.
animals
scent danger
and flee it first,
leave us
leaving our houses,

finally
no longer
safe,
just as the roofs
and libraries
collapse.

© 2019 DS Maolalai