Published in Overland Issue 201 Summer 2010 Main Posts / Writing Aperture James Stuart Brief squalls of blue, spliced between persistent rain. Scene 4: a pair of black swans drift towards sunset, slow tilt at a finite problem – soft-lighting perhaps? But the rugby fan behind me unwraps a hotdog, wrapper branded Hans Small Goods, & the Waikato Chiefs score again. Near Bulli Pass, an isolated stag hoofs it across the freeway’s shock of headlights, edging away from Venison Weekend at the Austrian Club. Each of us holds this sensation of acceleration, approaching the drawn-out smudge which may yet be mountain range blurred against a graphite sky. Even in rewind, you look older in the makeup mirror in your hip pocket, kept for such doleful occasions. With a flick of the wrist, you interlock its circles like a lens though a quick survey of the foreground brings the distance, like a taciturn stranger, too close for comfort. Ambling along this alpine lake’s gravelly shores, petrified wood crumbles at a touch, each piece strewn into place before the crowd snaps the reverie with a gasp. The train is a cue; we shuffle into platform gaps, fingering this thought or that, licking our lips in anticipation. If there is room here – enough for everyone – invite the rugby fans, our collected friends, even the swans, who barely register our shapes from so high above, as we move into & out of focus, signposting this explicable mist. James Stuart James Stuart’s most recent projects include Conversions, an exhibition of poetry in translation (Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing). He was a 2008 Asialink Literature Resident in Chengdu, China, supported by the Australia Council and Arts NSW. More by James Stuart 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?