Published in Overland Issue 217 Summer 2014 · Uncategorized I wrote lines during a period of insanity, too Emily Stewart after Gig Ryan Flung them on the riverbed which flooded that week next. Not short of invectives, I cursed pebbles as flint, startling the public of Wagga Caravan Park like a goanna loosed under leaves. What rot, said some, and I did believe them – with the brute finality of a gum limb struck down for brooms. Good-bye seventh sister, with your holy plaintive wings. Good-bye this underdress of drenched silk Dear accomplice, I can’t stand this ratio. The timbre of lunatic meets. Let us choose a better mooring for slugging bottles next; let us be less regretful. When did time start angling in, so diagrammatic, so anodyne? I hunker with a slew of digressions, mostly physical, layabouts, greying husks, what-have-yous. This night of nights features one darling wedding then the next: a blouse and blooms revue, or instances awaiting a long car trip home where I’ll couch tomorrow’s ache as somehow edifying Emily Stewart Emily Stewart is a poet and freelance editor based in Sydney. More by Emily Stewart › 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’.