DS Maolalai

it was a great that day
for the future of literature. Tesco
had stocked Bicycleta,
this white wine
from Chile a thin chardonnay,
unoaked, and easy
as drinking a glass of milk.
it had been
impossible to find in Dublin,
and now they were doing it
for less than a tenner.
what luck. 

the next week
I went in
and they’d raised the price
to 12.59. then
my poetry suffered,
having gotten so used already
to the simple fall. 

I had to start going
to Lidl again
they had a good
viogner there
and some delicious peanuts.
but the wine came corked;
I’d bought it once
without knowing
and nearly stabbed myself
working a gap
with a kitchen knife
now I’d have to invest
in a corkscrew too
if literature
was to have any chance
at all.


DS Maolalai has been nominated four 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)