The Kitchen While You’re Gone

empty beer bottles and empty 
banana skins. an open, half-empty
and half-stale sliced 
pan. used plates and take-
away boxes. nothing with lipstick
stains. books on the table. 
a coffee pot, inside 
turned yellowing brown
like the pits of a ten-
year-old t-shirt. 


DS Maolalai has been nominated nine times for Best of the Net and seven times for the Pushcart Prize. He has released two collections, “Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden” (Encircle Press, 2016) and “Sad Havoc Among the Birds” (Turas Press, 2019). His third collection “Noble Rot” is scheduled for release in May 2022.