A Message from Celene, by DS Maolalai

while I’m working.
she’s checking
for safety
that our weddings
won’t clash.

I tell her
the date –
she is fine,
she has six months
to play with.

we both
eye our calendars,
like birds
at an open
cage door.


Published 29th of January 2023


About DS Maolalai

DS Maolalai has received eleven nominations for Best of the Net and eight for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry 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)