DS Maolalai – 1 poem

Like going on holiday


Your life 

explained to cats 

might leave them laughing.  

at 14, and kissing someone; 

getting a taste  

for hands 

and tongue flavour. 


Kissing a lot of people then, 

over 10 

or 15 years. 

falling sometimes  

hard in bed 

as if lost, 


in a tunnel. and then, suddenly, 

love – a bird 

landing by the window. a thing 

you’ve handed 

which you now can’t do without. the way that once 

you didn’t carry a phone 

and now you have one.


Like going on holiday – placed in your bag 

like a book 

you won’t read 

but you carry anyway 

because not doing so 

would be wrong. 



DS Maolalai has been nominated seven times for Best of the Net and three times 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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