he was right
about ideas
and all that—
that they're there
right outside you. the intensity
of regular weather
and brushes
and birds
yelling. water
sitting on yardstuff
soaking in.
and the sea too,
blue as an antique
slowly chipping
out mountains.

D.S. 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).