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DS Maolalai has been nominated nine times for Best of the Net and five times 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). He's from Ireland, where they don't say pop, soda OR coke, but his favourite fizzy drink is Irn Bru. Well, at a push they'd say mineral, but they wouldn't be happy about it. Twitter: @diarmo1990

Sparling snow on the ground

DS MAOLALAI

BIRDS BETWEEN CHANNELS

delicious, the sequined air

in spiralled falls this morning:

a light snow, twisting

like bees between the bushes

and the yawn-stretching out

leafless trees. I zip my coat

and pull the dog down

and out to frozen pavements.

she shivers, feeling miserable,

though I feel snow-

fall fine. I love

this weather;

these ice crystals

placing flannels

on my hangover. I stretch

my neck and face

it upward, at birds

between channels

on a broken tv.

Header image JillWellington, pixabay

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