Just City

where there aren’t any redwoods
no bears
no people who carry guns
just city
just dublin
dusty streets
where everything is literary
in a book somewhere
and used to be beautiful.
where everything is
just the right size
not too big like america
not too crowded like london
not too delicate like paris
just right
with the occasional junkie
where a chicken fillet roll is 2 euro
and I know some people
that’s important
with any city
in dublin
I know people.



D.S. MAOLALAI recently returned to Ireland after four years away, and now spends his days working for a medical supply company and spends his nights drinking wine. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. You can follow him on Twitter @diarmo1990


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