Published in Overland Issue 188 Spring 2007 · Uncategorized Black blood Peter Lach-Newinsky My grandfather rode a camel. My father drove a car. I fly a jet plane. My son will ride a camel. — popular Saudi Arabian proverb it invisibly defined our lives, hidden matrix of black blood the post-war boom fuelled by it the wonderful crazy wealth of lawn mowers, cars for all, plastics supermarkets, drive-in churches holidays in Bali, leaf blowers jet skis, bananas we ate oil, watched oil drove oil, dreamed oil it fattened our waists like Palaeolithic fertility goddesses till we burst apart in anxiety and a stubborn sadness that infused the most emphatic laugh black milk of affluence we sucked you dry from the sallow dugs of Arabia we pumped your blackness through all the moving parts of our Great Machine. ’73, first oil crisis in Germany four silent Sundays of autobahns empty of autos bikes, prams, roller skates, grannies strolling making freeways free flesh speeds and rhythms … what bliss of tranquillity stretching away into the empty distance OPEC, you greedy Buddha I love your extortion please can we have some more some sanity, some slowness some time to look into faces some clean air and birdsong to bring the blood back into our fast bodies high on black speed © Peter Lach-Newinsky Overland 188 – spring 2007, p. 76 Like this piece? Subscribe! Peter Lach-Newinsky More by Peter Lach-Newinsky › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 200811 November 2008 · Uncategorized The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize is now closed admin Entry to the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, sponsored by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, is now closed. Thank you to all the poets who have sent in work. Winners will be announced in Overland 194, March 2009 and posted on this site. First published in Overland Issue 228 5 October 20086 October 2008 · Uncategorized blog archive admin Welcome to the blog archive.