“Function” by DS Maolalai

her body falls out 

of her underwear 

with the impact of apples 

come down out of trees. 

it’s hot, this afternoon,

baking in august. we are out

on the balcony – I am reading

a paperback, and she 

at the table with a scissors, 

taking time in the sunlight

to look after her plants. 

look – it’s so hot;

we’re both so 

goddamn sweaty. 

and yes, she’s in underwear,

but it’s not meant

to titillate. it’s function: her skin

and the sun

like a rockslide. the swan

of her neck

as her hair falls

like water. the twist 

of her fingers

on a new stem

of mint. 

DS Maolalai has been described by one editor as “a cosmopolitan poet” and by another as “prolific bordering on incontinent”. His work has been nominated nine times for Best of the Net and five times for the Pushcart Prize and has been released in three collections; Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden (Encircle Press, 2016), Sad Havoc Among the Birds (Turas Press, 2019) and Noble Rot (Turas Press, 2022)

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