Time takes pawns like a short game of chess by DS Maolalai

Time takes pawns like a short game of chess by DS Maolalai

cup and saucer
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Time takes pawns like a short game of chess
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everyone
leaves.
.
corner-shop flowers
gone rotten
as vinegar,
flaking
like dead fish
and scattering ashen petals
on varnished tablewood.
sand
blown up from the sea
and cast in cornered piles
against our castles,
to be gone in the morning,
washed
with spring rain.
.
everyone leaves.
they don’t have to choose to,
but they
do it.
.
everyone leaves.
bats
with wings like eagles
and spiders
with legs
that bounce like bent paperclips.
.
a cup and saucer
in your mothers house,
kept whole for 20 years,
and then dropped
and cracked
and thrown away.
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DS-Maolalai
DS Maolalai 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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