Published in Overland Issue Print Issue 199 Winter 2010 Main Posts / Writing Valley Gutter J K Murphy His rust-wrecked roof with a hole Big as a fist is replaced by Zincalum glittering down the valley, Image of a sundunked tarry road, Its skin a drum bearing The four-beat rap of tyres, The press of adrenalin. His guttering in turn speaks volumes: ‘Rare gouts of rain are made For piping down, And my attendant tiles Are buttresses against bunting wind. And I may gently mock The banging hail, for I sluice it Into a run-off. I am sternly-tested zinc. Therefore, Faith says, I’ll run with Whatever the sky might spill.’ J K Murphy J K Murphy is a Melbourne poet and author of Moving Along – Selected Verse (Puncher & Wattmann). More by J K Murphy 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 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?