DS Maolalai – 1 poem



It’s beautiful; this hot

hazelnut coffee,

made with sweet syrup

and no hazelnuts at all, tasting

nothing like hazelnuts

and much like the future

which bangs outside, brassy,

band and big.


It’s sunlight and slamming

the pavements, slamming the window

and slamming your hands

on the coffeeshop table

like the clip

of a closing pianolid,

and you’ve gotten two messages

since sitting down,

and both of them have been good; delicious

like false hazel. it’s a wonderful thought,

isn’t it,


that all through the future

we will still have sun

on the street outside, and

good messages coming, still have coffee

which tastes

something like hazelnuts, and no hazelnuts

floating in our coffee.





DS 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)

By Heavenly Flower Publishing

Bindweed Magazine publishes two anthologies each year: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland. Bindweed is run as a not for profit, labour of love endeavour by an author/poet couple: Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert. Bindweed can be found at

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