Published in Overland Issue 207 Winter 2012 Uncategorized Corydalis Mark O'Flynn He tells me the summer grass is worth more than gold. The seed in the worm’s mouth sprouting on Tibetan hillsides traditionally good for general health. Perhaps I saw the documentary? No, but his faltering description, the little pencil sketch of the worm as I try to understand why he wants me to know this – it’s not about the lucrative worm, or the state of my general health, but as if he can smell it, so far from these walls, the summer grass, worth more than gold. Mark O'Flynn Mark O’Flynn has published three novels, most recently The Forgotten World (2013), as well as four collections of poetry. His most recent book is White Light (2013), a collection of short stories. More by Mark O'Flynn 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 27 January 2023 Cartoons In attacking us, they bring us together Sam Wallman 'What these bosses don't understand is that in attacking us, they bring us together.' (Paddy Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Svitzer Rally November 2022) 2 First published in Overland Issue 228 24 January 202325 January 2023 Politics The end of the politics of care Giovanni Tiso The daily spectacle of televised briefings was not unique to New Zealand, and it may simply be the case that Ardern thrived when given the opportunity to speak to the public directly—in other words, that she was better than others at it. Alternatively, we could say that her rhetoric found in the pandemic the ground on which to turn into concrete action. Either way, the benefits we derived in terms of lives saved from the remarkable extension of that social license are literally incalculable.