D.S. Maolalai

My dog makes a metaphor

Two Dogs by Rémi Jouandet


the dog’s cut her pad
on some glass from outside
our apartment,
broke on the quayside
by some drunk
some night. she limps for a while
and we bandage it –
she heals and forgets;
tries to run to her foodbowl
that morning and flakes
the scab off. on our kitchen
tile floor; tiny
footprints, dead rose petals.

she forgets – she repeats – she forgets.


About the writer:
D.S. 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).

Image: Two Dogs by Rémi Jouandet. Acrylic on canvas. No size specified. By 2008. By free license.