Wednesday Words: Shade by DS Maolalai

Wednesday Words: Shade by DS Maolalai
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Welcome to Wednesday Words, where each week we’ll dazzle you with words from a variety of poets! This week’s poem comes from DS Maolalai, and one of his contributions to our Feminine Flower poetry submissions.

DS Maolalai recently returned to Ireland after four years away, now spending his days working maintenance dispatch for a bank and his nights looking out the window and wishing he had a view. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.


I know a girl
who keeps her curtains closed.
she says
she was drinking tea
in just a dressing gown
and the guy across the way
got a full view of her tits.
now every time he sees her
he gives her a
spooky smile.

I sip tea with her,
nude in the dark
at 5pm
and the sun
kept at bay
by the bay windows,
scratching like a cat
trying to get in.
my white body
glows like a ghost in the darkness.
my white feet
press against the coffee table.

she comes
and sits on me
and I nearly spill my tea.
we sit there
in tableau
moving slowly.
she feels good
all around me,
warm and wet
and velvet
as leaves
in a summer storm.
I feel good
inside her.
the cup feels good,
hot and empty,
rolling on my hip.

I know a girl who keeps her curtains closed
but I still get a look at the view
and who needs the sun
when it feels good in the dark like that.

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