Published in Overland Issue 213 Summer 2013 · Uncategorized Cloud burst Samuel Wagan Watson for TS Eliot Cloud burst, and another sky falls. A blight of sun causes all feather to lose flavour in the wind. But our children will still have their mobile phones and dial the clouds in angst of predator drones. The crows are gone and broken windows only catch the breaths of dying trees. No matter how sorry the horizon, a child’s foresight will always wonder of the beauty in a falling sky. ‘Look Mumma … a death bird!’ But Mumma doesn’t look at the sky since it has soured. Mumma takes a peg and pins a damp sheet to the flimsy clothes hoist. Mumma counts the kinks in the wire and measures her own life – line. ‘Mumma can’t look now baby, there may not be any sunlight tomorrow …’ And then Mumma takes the small child inside their shelter, abandoning the weathered fabric to subtly dance alone; it could be tomorrow’s death shroud? And this is the way the world ends, And this is the way the world ends, And this is the way the world ends. As the clouds quietly burst, Not with bang, but a lethal breeze. The sky is falling, ghosts take shelter in shadow and the air cries foul … Samuel Wagan Watson Samuel Wagan Watson is a Brisbane-based writer of Germanic and Wunjaburra ancestry. In 2018 his body of work was granted the Patrick White Literary Award. More by Samuel Wagan Watson › 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.