Published in Overland Issue 207 Winter 2012 · Uncategorized Your Bath Fiona Yardley Your bath is generous, impersonal, whitely curved, bloated with self-importance and scummed with a delicate rim of grime. There are scratches in the bottom from careless cleaning, cluttered shampoo bottles with last leavings, half-inches of pearlescent fluid; hairs of all thicknesses and lengths; and dust, and fluff from fresh-washed towels, and striped sunshine. I have left blood, skin, tears, in your bath, every cadence of my voice, sudden laughter. I have been ill, heaved coughing mucus out of heavy lungs, pissed dark streams after dark dreams into the cold porcelain of thoughtless hungover mornings while soaping moody feet. I have stood, washed, picked, scratched away at myself, rubbed skin and hair off my body, scraped razorblades past urgent throbbing veins on marble-white, deforested skin, to be smooth, left the short bristled leavings of ablution curved in gentle interrogatives around the plughole. I have left songs in your bath, so-fa-lahs and tumpty-tums, mellow chords and gentle hums, the echoes of our mingled voices spilling in generous swirls around and around and into the drain. I have cried in caught moments of pure and blazing passion, in joy, in utter despair, wrung out my heart into the sponge and the towel, curled gasping, fishlike, flank to flank with its porcelain sides while eddies of cooler water pool about my thighs and streams run into and out of my eyes. Fiona Yardley Fiona Yardley is a writer, editor, and cultural worker in Sydney. More by Fiona Yardley › 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 20231 December 2023 · History ‘We’re doing everything but treaty’: Law reform and sovereign refusal in the colonial debtscape Maria Giannacopoulos I coined the concept of the colonial debtscape while working to understand the relation between debt and sovereignty in the wake of the 2007 Global Financial crisis. Despite the referendum held in Greece in 2015 where the people voted against austerity, austerity as punishment, was imposed anyway. As this was a colonising move, that is, the imposition of an external and foreign law on local populations against their will, it was to Aboriginal scholars here that I turned to begin to put the pieces together. First published in Overland Issue 228 30 November 202330 November 2023 · Urbanism The Plains exposes the psychic terrain of Victoria’s highways Fred Pryce The Plains charts the psychic terrain of the freeway in miniature, peeling back the lid of the private vehicle to expose just one of the millions of dramas taking place in simultaneity, severed from one another yet still part of the same city-wide traffic ballet.