We have set beasts up and walking but no one is paying notice to the trample. They lift whole train sleepers like toothpicks and interrupt train services for hours; like coins of resplendence, brains of Byzantine, or the fisherman’s knot. Beasts up and walking feast on the written recipe, yet the home cooks bereft of their preparations heeding nix of danger gloat over a gist of the imbricated stages, such as the proportions of water to flour. Glue, they keep making sopping glue, running like tears. The bugle is a whimpering sand bubbler, one of a fortune. It heralds the beasts’ success at disappearance not a telephone peal disturbs. We think to go trampling, but only ourselves do we maim. Train sleepers snap our fingers; trains dash our tunnel vision. Yet, some canny person has piled gravel and rubble into cairns, silent bugle threnodies choke in our dead throats. Tiny bubbles retreat from our cairns carrying the songs that map the trampled landscapes. Thus, there are only the beasts to sing to from our invisible reed exhausts guiding air bubbles skyward.
Corey Wakeling lives in Melbourne. Published in journals here and abroad, he has work appearing in Famous Reporter and Australian Book Review
© Adam Formosa
Overland 203-winter 2011, p. 75
Like this piece? Subscribe!
Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places.
Subscribe | Renew | Donate November 9–16 to support progressive literary culture for another year – and for the chance to win magnificent prizes!