“The Clairvoyant” by DS Maolalai

for a while there

I was worried

I had cancer. I even joined a gym

though I don’t know

why I thought it would help. didn’t quit smoking

or drinking,

but still, I joined a gym.

I’m a silly trout. and it didn’t help. things got worse

for two weeks then.

I was tired all the time

and my chest

felt like a pile of broken matches. lung cancer, I thought,

that’s it,

I’ve given myself lung cancer. then

one day

for no reason

I felt better. quit the gym

and my muscles


like drinking a cold glass of milk

and leaving the fridge open. coming in with groceries

and putting them down

by the table. preparing to unpack them.

then turning on the radio, having

a snack

and some wine. sitting down to music,

great music,

and forgetting about the fridge.

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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