George Bernard Shaw

I pick up

a friend's book,


in oxfam. open it –


she's signed the cover

to my friend x –

with thanks for your eyes

and opinions.


my girlfriend suggests

I give it to her, let her do

"renewed compliments"

like George Bernard Shaw.


I couldn't imagine

ever being so cruel.

DS Maolalai has been nominated seven times for Best of the Net and three 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)