‘Bergère ô tour Eiffel le troupeau des ponts bêle ce matin’
False praise lights up the launch site, O delivery vehicle.
The delivery zone is empty but investors have no crisis of relevance
and couldn’t care less — deliveries are taking place
elsewhere and will continue until the cows come home —
there’s metal-dust on the water vats, the hand-sanitiser dispenser
is exhausted or ignored. Rezoning the bushland for places of worship
where bushland is a place of worship is a key to whose paradox?
You don’t need the dark web to purchase a skeleton key as they’re
available via adverts beneath online television guides: in plain sight.
The phone tower has blended with landscape — tallest tree on top
of the hill admired or ignored by those travelling in hertz rental waves.
Satellites are the Roc image of cascading truths, but where is the passion
of a God’s eye view, the shepherds mulesing the sheep — traumatised
bleats and a virtual life, well, elsewhere. Remember, those anti-pastorals
published in Cuba brought on a conversation of tangents.
Working the genealogy into a frenzy, feeling the sun probe
the factor seventy, repairing fences to work as two-way mirrors,
locating the cloud within the cloud to counteract the forecast —
psalms of endgame splashed about as memory.
Or turning away from visible streets, you might think to find solace
in a box of discarded records only to find they are littered with discs
from skinhead neo-Nazis bands, causing a rupture in the lucky dip
of materialism, the aesthetics of fatalism. And so, the geranium
flowering affects people passing in so many different ways,
their political affiliations and anxieties finding less correlation
in facial expressions, the touchscreen correspondences.
Each eulogy of mass-communication lauds its own modes of travelling.
Easily said by someone so glib, you might say? The red flowering gum
is over the line, the other side, and yet we see and smell its influence —
I travel nowhere now after travelling as if it were a right,
which is not the same. A fantail flew in front of the car
and I braked suddenly, in time, a wagtail did the same
a few kilometres later and I missed that as well.
Such is the irony of travel and heavy industry, but that was locally,
which we might say is not the same. How many points on the globe
accrued in moment and result? I am just saying. Or you are just asking.
What is the point of coming inside if you don’t salute the pollen,
the loose leaves, swirling of sand, the carapace of a dead beetle curling.
Testing of sewerage shows up fragments of virus. Strong indicators.
And wide-usage of methamphetamines. And so much else?
Rivals for dominance of space exploration occupy the same space
as rivals for dominance of space. Music selected for voyages.
They wish to refill the Hadron emptiness. Exhausted by a future,
they are rezoning the spiritual in more ways than one — plethoras.
Some have contracts to offer as proof. Others have tenders
to show they believe in absolute self-belief. The dying can’t breathe.
Who am I with my alternative up-bringing?
Who am I with my murky personal history?
Who am I to shade in the blanks in a colour-
by-numbers that reveals a hawk that isn’t
City streets traversed to know a city
for all its change as we lapse, starving
on replays. You could update via ‘streetview’,
but phantom memories seem not to counter
a short-circuit. Empirically smart buildings glint,
gorging themselves into those Pyrrhic sunsets, wasted dawns.
The cutting of the sun’s throat is a threat made by weapons-researchers
beyond closed doors of their ‘personal lives’. As if secretive activities
can be separated from behaviour of, say, in the home. This is entangled
with patriotism, isn’t it? Being so different from watching a sparrowhawk
to learn more about its ways of processing errors, taking a non-lethal
interest in its fluctuations. The movie star can join the party of double-
standards, and millions of sceptics and believers will watch collaterally.
I’ve heard peacocks calling to close out a day, perching high
in pepper trees, retracting their displays to fit — I never saw eyes
I saw punctuation marks. And as for the lyre-bird, it mimics
a different side of the continent and sounds off the spectrum
of colours here — warning and comfort, distraction and assurance.
A lyre and a bird are at risk from foxes at risk from shooters.
Ah, disbeliever saying prayers methodically.
Discount the biography, accolades, self-permissions,
promises of deliverance, a place in the aftermath.
The monastery fantasy of devotion is a safe house of isolation?
Casting stones at light-collecting surfaces, or comfortable
in the choices you are able to make?
Who will scribe the ruins of investment?
Who will mimeograph when spare parts fail?
Who will illustrate the cold(ness) clichés of space
making the keepers so hot under their collars?
Who will scry the contradictions for their own silences?
Who will sign the documents of renunciation?
Who will give up what they have extracted
no matter how much they damn that extraction?
Aren’t these issues of writing? Of the shaping or malformation of script?
Aren’t these turnings of notation? How to write ‘without prejudice’,
without weighting the tones? Atonal pitchforks descaling the walls
of centralised power. We hope to accumulate our loves and gather
love safely? Remember the unimpressive view on the busier
side of a hill, heading down to the stunning but oil-polluted bay.
Remember the chromatics of migrant birds affording your(self)
the luxury of seeing where they left and where they’ve arrived,
doing so much more work than you. Cells. How many can we lose
to the phrase? Rural land zoning as malleable as extraction — animal
husbandry, ‘forestry’ and ‘natural resource management’. Notice the drills
reaching deep under the paddocks: zoning will cope with greenwash
that will gush out like power from lithium batteries.
We document from remnant vegetation: eye to the knothole,
galah watching on from the loveheart-shaped opening
to its annual nesting hollow, knowing ‘temporary’ is a mining company’s
demi-secret password. Knowing ‘diversity’ is a definition of a workforce,
a demographical lexicon without breadth for exchange, for challenges
to its authority. Who is in this travelogue? What is noted in decorative
acts, the collecting and collating across hemispheres?
Farewells conditional on leisuretime. The culturally
unfamiliar adorning new pages of self-affirmation,
shared visionless, hackers with bells on
polarised, or senses
Overland’s Friday Features project is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.