Friday, March 1, 2024

A Believer By DS Maolalai

not as much a believer
in god as in religion,
my mother attends mass
when she's able to on sundays,

and of course
she had us christened,
and of course
had us confirmed,

but she also doesn't mind
me living with my girlfriend,
or that my sister
likes women, or my uncle
likes men. that's best, I think,
when you find it

in truly religious people; not that
they think other people
have a right to their beliefs,
but that they are practical
and sensible
and don't think of it at all.


DS Maolalai has been described by one editor as "a cosmopolitan poet" and another as "prolific, bordering on incontinent". His work has nominated twelve times for Best of the Net, eight for the Pushcart Prize and once for the Forward 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)