Published in Overland Issue 206 Autumn 2012 · Uncategorized Sunday poem Fiona Wright Rotate the potato. A labrador is happiest collecting kindling. While the football’s on in the other room we salt the pigskin: O, giver of gout. Brie suctions the wooden platter. Wisteria bruises on the patio. We’ll lock away the candles when the baby learns to crawl. There’s an eggplant outside for you. The stovetop coils sing. You have to take the batteries from the smoke alarms before it crackles. You need new shoes. The dogs haven’t had their breakfast. I haven’t used that bowl since Christmas She boils beans until they look like paper mâché. Ups-a-daisy-daisy-do! The leather lounges shriek when you sit down. Your bedroom still has stickers on the ceiling. He’s got good wrists for flicking teatowels. I’m still having trouble with my pannacotta. The cap of the sauce bottle has scabbed over. Six proteas sit in a cut-glass vase. Take a concrete tablet and harden the fuck up. There are sewing pins in the spice rack. My father’s fingers always get the crisp bits first. It’s been a big week. What’s this one infused with? Pass the gravy, fathead. Fiona Wright Fiona Wright’s new essay collection is The World Was Whole (Giramondo, 2018). Her first book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for nonfiction, and her poetry collections are Knuckled and Domestic Interior. More by Fiona Wright › 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 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 28 September 202328 September 2023 · Cartoons Ban cars from the city Sam Wallman Sam Wallman makes the case for closing the streets off one by one. 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 27 September 2023 · Sport When the sport circus comes on Country Jenny Fraser The next huckster in the carnival of sport is the upcoming 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games. If we want aspects of it to be in line with Aboriginal protocol, we need action from across the four winds of the world. If it’s not done right we need solidarity and protest just the same. We are each other’s safety net in this theatre of sport. As a senior Aboriginal woman activist once told me, ‘we are all only as good as we negotiate’.