DS Maolalai and Gui Moraes‘s collaborative piece: Hum

Editor’s Note: The poem was submitted by Maolalai for consideration in the poem section and yet the need for the sharp edged images were felt to add more layers to the words. Maolalai’s friend Gui came forward to share his work and compliment the words.

the city has a hum 

like air conditioning

in next door’s apartment – 

have you ever been unable 

to sleep in a hostel

or an open-door ward

in a hospital? 

it seems too consistent 

to just be cars going,

too settled and peaceful

to be just the wind

though sometimes it’s moreso

than other times.

I live near the lake in Toronto,

sleep with my window open

and think of the city 

as washing with sound

made of waves on the lake

constantly crashing

like the white-noise of coins 

falling out of a box.

the world just has a pulse

and a hum inside things

the feeling you get 

of old time still existing,

locked inside rocks 

and burnt trees.

DS Maolalai has received nine 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)
Gui Moraes is a photographer and visual artist from Brazil, currently based in Dublin. He has been working in various media for 11 years. His interest began with photography, and he published his first zine of photographs, “Das ist Berlin”, in 2014. His interests have since broadened to include many other forms of mixed media and visual art, such as drawings, collage and tapestry. Gui focuses on the world around us, creating contemplative work inspired by travel. He believes that by using the frame of a traveller, we can change the way we see things, even when we are at home.

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