Hot as a Log by DS Maolalai

Hot as a Log by DS Maolalai

cold as logs

in water, a wet

and winter 

evening. a rain

which cracks 

the windows,

sounds like logs

in burning 

hearths, and you 

here on the sofa, curling

with me around tea. 

you are hot as a log,

as solid and beautiful

as a pile of dried firewood

stacked carefully next 

to a fire. outside, the grass

is wet and quite

miserable, taking weight

with the softness 

of age-wilted salad.

even the dog’s 

feeling anxious this evening

and rubbing the carpet

with her head. 

Author Bio: DS Maolalai has been nominated eight 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).

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