Published in Overland Issue 203 Winter 2011 Main Posts Siding Greg McLaren A disused rail siding, the grass-covered platform a sharp-edged mound of earth. Loose clunks of coal, patches of brown dirt, the gums’ sparse shadow. At the edge of the bush, crow calls shush the wheeling song of magpies. The odd car fizzes past, thirty- somethings behind the wheel born long after the mines closed down. In the middle-distance, short of those hills, it’s eucalyptus haze, not bushfire smoke, that distorts the changing patterns of light between clouds that flicker on the low slopes. Even though that light travels so quickly, scanning for the outline of the road into the hills is like looking into a hazy future. I kick a spot of gravel, trying to frame roughly where a photo was taken, somewhere very near here, once. Greg McLaren is a Sydney-based poet, critic and editor. His last book was The Kurri Kurri Book of the Dead and he’s currently working on a sequence of poems ‘about’ museums. © Greg McLaren Overland 203-winter 2011, p. 81 Like this piece? Subscribe! Greg McLaren More by Greg McLaren 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?