The Smell of Hospitals

artist: unknown

by D.S. Maolalai

I sit in my kitchen
drinking wine,
banging out letters
surrounded by drowning
and shiny trousers. laundry day
and they hang,
shapeless as crashed
traffic. there is something;
the drip comes like footsteps
in rattles
on the lino. life – car-wreck
with grim chance
and the smell
of well-scrubbed


DS Maolalai is a poet from Ireland who has been writing and publishing poetry for almost 10 years. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press, with “Sad Havoc Among the Birds” forthcoming from Turas Press in 2019. He has been nominated for Best of the Web and twice for the Pushcart Prize.