Published in Overland Issue 205 Summer 2011 Uncategorized the supplement Ruby Todd desire creates the hollow in which the bird can roost to what is not I add you a song yet looking for its truth what is absent from the present will demarcate the light to add you as travelling in the desert oceans fill the night horizon of the eye a compass wider than the day for what is not you? behold before a body dies how it longs to stay you are my favourite fact I recall you like a sum add you to what is not between my thoughts the secret pact to this bare hour add one I add you losing this day to dark gods my mind drunk on a dream I feel the equation beckon the bird begins to nod Ruby Todd is undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Deakin University. © Ruby Todd Overland 205-summer 2011, p. 79 Like this piece? Subscribe! Ruby Todd More by Ruby Todd 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 1 December 20221 December 2022 Reviews Calling the racist a racist: Janaka Malwatta’s blackbirds don’t mate with starlings John Kinsella Malwatta is a skilled and motivated user of tone and tonality in expression, and he shifts between perpetrator and victim with a disturbing but powerful ease: we hear the racists in the hospital, we hear them at the barbecue, and we hear the racism coming from the mouths of white leaders and dissemblers. First published in Overland Issue 228 30 November 202230 November 2022 Politics The return of public power to Victoria? Zacharias Szumer The newly elected Andrews government has promised to bring public ownership of electricity back to Victoria. However, there are no immediate plans to reinstate the public utility model that prevailed through much of the twentieth century. Rather, a publicly owned renewables company will operate within an electricity market shaped by decades of neoliberal reform.