DS Maolalai

The shared spreadsheet

explained love
easily. she
sent it to me
two weeks early,
we’d made tracks
toward malaysia – a breakdown
in my simple
white person terms
of what exactly
the food would be like,
with some words I might need
in malay and mandarin,
and places
where I might want
to go.

it would prove invaluable
in the brief times
we’d steal together,
when we weren’t spending
all of our time
being asked about marriage
by her family.

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).


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