The measurements.

he had texted the measurements.
my van wouldn't jam
his piano. had another friend
though, who could take it;
he didn't mind. I picked upa
his other things – boxes of clothes,
some books, a computer.
loaded them
and drove carefully
down suburbs
to his new shell
of house. I pulled in
the driveway –
he was playing
piano. the window
was open. chords fell like teacups
on his new hardwood floors.

DS Maolalai has received eleven nominations for Best of the Net and seven for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in three collections; "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016), "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019) and “Noble Rot” (Turas Press, 2022)