One Poem by D S Maolalai

A house built out of lego

borrowing a lawnmower
from my aunt
one street over
and asking if she’d like
for me to do hers
as well. a sticky insult,
but unintended, for a woman
who’s shown me
only kindness; let me live
in my grandparents’ house
on condition
that I keep the backyard clear. her own place
is lined up perfect – sterile as the plastic surface
of a house
built out of lego. flowers in her garden
in uniform straightness
like soldiers
strutting on parade,
and this is the first time
I’ve cut my own grass
all winter. some thrown out potato-skins
and a couple cloves of garlic
show leaves
a good foot
from the ground.


D S Maolalai has been nominated for Best of the Web and twice 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).

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